US needs long-term plan that includes energy diversity – GM CEO

06 March 2013 21:37  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US government needs to develop a long-term national plan that includes all forms of domestic energy, including oil, natural gas and renewables, the CEO of General Motors said on Wednesday.

“Our leaders are being presented with an historic opportunity for a national energy policy from a position of strength and abundance, not weakness and scarcity,” Daniel Akerson said during IHS CERAWeek.

“The pillars of such a plan should include energy diversity, so we don’t become dependent on any one fuel or energy source,” he added. “Energy sufficiency must remain the core component so we can absorb the impact of both future prosperity and population growth.”

Akerson suggested that President Barack Obama immediately appoints a blue-ribbon commission to develop a 30-year energy plan that includes checkpoints every five years.

The board should include a broad cross-section of energy producers and consumers to develop a standard of living that extends the duration of natural gas and tightens oil dividend for as along as possible, he added.

“Standard of living means affordable energy, certainty of availability, cleaner air and water, lower carbon emissions, significant lower trade deficits and balanced budgets,” Akerson said.

“We’re making progress on some of these, but imagine what could be accomplished with oil, gas, lighting industry, renewable energy, companies, utilities, labour groups, producers of consumer goods to negotiate the necessary trade-offs and merge a clear target and timeline to advance our national energy.”

CERAWeek is an energy conference that runs through Friday.

By: Tracy Dang
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