How many of us remember a time when the United States did not have a Cabinet-level Department of Energy? Does anyone remember why it was established?
In 1977, with 40.5 % of U.S. crude oil supplied from foreign sources, Jimmy Carter announced the creation of the DOE with the statement: “Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977 – never.”
As of 2014, nearly 37 years after its creation, with 16,000+ employees and an annual budget north of $30 billion, the DOE produces exactly nothing in the way of energy. More than 61% of U.S. crude oil comes from foreign sources. The DOE has been a complete and utter failure at the one thing it was created to do – reduce our reliance on foreign crude oil.
And these are the people that want to be in control of the provision of your health care.