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Paul Driessen, a senior policy adviser for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, writes in The Washington Times that policies based on the U.N. reports have the European Union putting aside $250 billion a year on relatively wacky projects, with the United States starting down this costly path. Here in Pennsylvania, for example, huge wind towers loom over major highways, providing negligible reductions in the state’s energy costs.

As the current upheaval in some oil-producing countries demonstrates, the United States must be more concerned about energy independence than the musings of actors and computer programmers. Fortunately, some journalists and scientists think so, too.

Christopher Harper is a professor at Temple University. He worked for more than 20 years at the Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and “20/20.” He can be contacted at Twitter: @charper51