This morning's paper listed yet another excuse for not becoming energy independent. Now we don't have enough water. Yesterday it was endangered species. The day before it was global warming. Congress feeds on all these lame-brain excuses and adds a few more. Our state government wants a new energy policy. Bah humbug. Most of these politicians don't know the difference between a crude oil distillation tower and a cooling tower. If we don't start a full-blown program to be energy independent now, we will return to the Stone Age. We must accept the fact that no one in Washington knows anything about energy, but they sure know how to get in the way.