Taking a big step backward

A demonstration of the topsy-turvy, self-defeating nature of U.S. energy policy is being provided right now in Washington, D.C.

U.S. senators are debating a major energy bill. Among provisions for which there is bipartisan support is one involving new liquified natural gas terminals at seaports, so the fuel can be exported to other countries.

In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., refuses to allow an amendment that would clear the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

LNG will not magically materialize at the terminals. It will have to be shipped there by truck, train, boat – or pipelines.

Get the picture? Liberals such as Reid are willing to allow pipelines so we can export fuel – but join with President Barack Obama in blocking one that will bring oil to the United States.

It’s crazy. Just insane – something like the Obama administration’s campaign to shut down coal-fired power plants.

For years we complained the U.S. did not have a comprehensive energy policy. Now, apparently, we have one that actually steps backward in terms of energy security and reasonably priced energy.

How did it come to this? You already know the answer.