As countless businesses both large and small found out in California a year ago, an energy crunch can be devastating. Now think of the consequences if the entire country faced an energy shortage.
That's why the U.S. Senate should follow the U.S. House's lead when it returns from its Spring recess and pass President Bush's energy plan — particularly the part that would authorize exploration for new oil in the remote ANWR region in northern Alaska.
The reality is, America's dependence on foreign oil is growing dramatically. In the 1970's, this country only imported a only a third of its oil. Today, almost 60% of our oil comes from foreign sources. And about 10% of those imports come from Iraq alone.
It only takes a sliver of common sense to recognize that with uncertainty in the Middle East, this country needs the option of producing more energy here at home.