The sooner President-elect Joe Biden clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better.

It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began revealing their own plans.

Two major firms, American Electric Power and First Energy, have revealed plans to reduce generation using fossil fuels. AEP says it will eliminate 1,633 megawatts of coal-fueled generation by the end of 2028. First Energy plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, by 2030.

That will affect electricity prices in areas served by the companies adversely. Many Americans already are paying more for power than we did just a few years ago, because of the move away from coal-fired generating stations.

How will Biden address electricity generation? Will he use executive orders to make mining and use of coal even less attractive?

Also of concern is Biden’s stance on natural gas and petroleum production. Will he, as critics warned, “ban fracking?”

Hydraulic fracturing of gas and oil wells has been the reason why Americans have become largely self-reliant for energy. It also has become a key facet of the economies in some states.

Banning — or even placing new limits on fracking — would inflict drastic harm. It also would force gas and gasoline prices up nationally.

Biden may not have formulated a detailed energy strategy. During the election campaign, he clearly wanted to appeal to his base voters, many of whom favor harsh steps against fossil fuels such as those suggested in the “Green New Deal.” At the same time, Biden disavowed warnings he would ban fracking, in order to persuade more conservative voters to back him.

What, however, are his post-election plans? We don’t know. We hope Biden will adopt a rational energy policy. One way or another, however, the sooner we know what he plans, the better.

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Unfortunately, Dementia Joe lacks the required cognitive skills to put together a coherent energy policy. Perhaps he can read a statement someone else has written, preferably plagiarized from President Trump.

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