Make it far more expensive.
From the editorial, "Electrifying Rhetoric":
To ease tomorrow's bills, lawmakers need to do more to encourage emergent green energy producers. Generating power with fossil fuels is only going to become more expensive as irreplaceable fuels become scarcer and more expensive, and as additional environmental measures are required.
The lawmakers' job is to encourage innovative changes to produce cleaner energy at affordable prices rather than to rail against a system they created.
1) The admission that change is needed to bring about affordable clean energy prices speaks volumes.
2) "Clean" energy is much more expensive than coal (that evil fossil fuel that generates most of our electricity). The two most often mentioned alternatives are wind and solar. According to the New York Times, wind (which is a very unreliable source of energy) is 50% more expensive than coal. And solar power - also an extremely unreliable source of energy when the Sun isn't shining - "will be 173% more expensive per unit of energy delivered than traditional coal power," according to a report issued by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Kit Bond.
3) So how is the pursuit of expensive alternatives to the truly inexpensive and reliable and abundant source of energy - coal - supposed to "ease tomorrow's electric bills"?
It won't. It can't. It's bullshit.
Someone needs to pound that message into the blockheads' blockheads.