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Monday, June 1, 2009

This just in.....

Last time we heard about former Virginia Senator George Allen, it was last summer and he was being mentioned as a possible running mate to Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain.

Allen returns to the spotlight on Tuesday for the creation of the American Energy Freedom Center, according to a press release I received Monday. The Republican politician will serve as a chairman for the Center, which is part of the Institute for Energy Research.

Never heard of the IER?

Neither had I. So I went to the organization's web site and found that IER "maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society." That, combined with web links that include this dandy - "Obama Motors: The Cars You Don’t Want at a Price You Can’t Afford" - lead me to believe that IER and American Energy Freedom Center have more to do with politics than they do with real concern about a sensible national energy policy.

I'm not suggesting that people with conservative political view points can't have credible ideas about energy. But the creation of the American Energy Freedom Center suggests to me that Allen is looking for a vehicle to help raise his profile in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

The best part of the press release announcing the creation of the the American Energy Freedom Center is that it borrows Obama's best know phrase (see the second sentence in the paragraph below):

"The AEFC will tell the story of America ’s energy resources in a way never told before, providing consumers with the resources they need to make informed decisions and have a greater understanding of the crucial role energy plays in our everyday life. The AEFC will embody the ‘yes we can’ attitude and serve as a platform where all Americans can tell their energy story and the impact high energy prices have on their way of life."

Talk about chutzpah!

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