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It’s not surprising that energy is becoming a focal point of this year’s election with Republicans pushing for drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as well as approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, while Obama fights to defend a vision of an energy future built around a diverse mix of renewable energy. Center stage right now are gas prices, which look to be inching toward five bucks a gallon (in England, they’re inching toward ten dollars a gallon, one reason British PM David Cameron and Obama have discussed opening up strategic petroleum reserves, despite many reports that it wouldn’t make much difference). But worry not, Newt Gingrich is promising $2.50 a gallon gas. The word pandering gets thrown around in these situations, particularly when you consider that the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has said oil resources in in the ANWR could lower the cost of a barrel of oil by $0.41 to $1.44, depending on assumptions, which amounts to one to three cents per gallon, which OPEC would offset anyways by adjusting supply. It all starts to sound like insane noise after a while, when one can finally accept that there are no easy answers and that energy resources are not infinite. So investing heavily in a clean energy future, as our friends in China are doing, is the only answer.