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Liam Denning

Don’t Leave America’s Post-Pandemic Energy Policy to Chance

Government planning is the key to building the sustainable, competitive and resilient energy system we need.

Texas knows which way the wind is blowing.

Texas knows which way the wind is blowing.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Bloomberg Opinion will be running a series of features by our columnists that consider the long-term consequences of the crisis. This column is part of a package on how to navigate the pandemic-induced turmoil in energy markets. For more, see Nathaniel Bullard on why developing countries should speed up their energy transition and Meghan O’Sullivan on the strategic challenges the U.S. faces from plunging oil prices.

Remember how the mundane act of having a plan for something became, over the course of that bygone era known as “2019,” a campaign motto, a meme and ultimately a sneer? If the first few months of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s to appreciate the mundane things. Governments exist to plan — more or less, depending on your political proclivities. And although we are still in the thick of Covid-19, it is not too early to say that we could have used a better plan, or even just a plan.