A need for a National Energy Plan is frequently voiced. The reasons for such a plan vary. Some want it for long-term “stability” to enable financing for large power plants. Others want it for a faster change to renewable energy. Etc.
Regardless of the rational for wanting a National Energy Plan I doubt that in a country of 50 States, and where most politicians are elected for 4 years, it will be possible to achieve a truly long-term and robust energy plan.
However, if we just could agree that in dealing with energy it has to be safe, reliable, clean and affordable; we would have a basic foundation of a common ground. It may sound extremely trivial, but too many times safe, reliable, clean and affordable are discussed separately and in isolation.