Prodigious amounts of energy are required by each of us. Energy heats and lights our homes, propels our vehicles, and fuels our farms and factories. But sadly, most of us never think about energy at all. In our public so-called energy agencies, where energy should be the primary concern, the issue is lost in a bureaucratic maze. \t Politicians, like the public, are concerned with the price of gasoline, heating, and electricity bills. The Legislature and agencies such as public utilities commissions spend most of their time directing the flow of money from consumers to the energy industry. An enormous bureaucracy has developed to referee the inevitable squabbles over who gets what money. But somehow, energy gets lost in the resulting quagmire. \t The issue of "renewable" energy in California is a good example. The state could harness the huge amount of wind energy available in the Tehachapi region to generate electricity. Official estimates indicate that Tehachapi could generate as almost as much electric energy as Diablo Canyon, displacing more expensive energy from natural gas. \t Laws have been passed encouraging such development; politicians and the public are supportive. But it still isn't happening. Instead, government agencies are wasting time arguing about financial details. There is a plethora of workshops, study groups, reports, and proceedings that go on and on, but the energy available at Tehachapi remains unavailable to Californians. \t Where is the leader who will say "It's time to stop wasting the energy available in Tehachapi. We're going to harness this energy and make it available to the people of California"? Or, as a certain shoe company would say, "Just do it!" Alas, we have agencies that institute another "proceeding," with more workshops, etc., instead. The situation is no better with other sources of energy. Instead of concentrating on the energy needed to run our vehicles, we have political theater chastising oil companies. Instead of focusing on the energy needed to heat our homes, we get arguments over LNG terminals. We are all shoppers at heart and hate to pay too much for anything. But at some point we have to stop dickering about money and start focusing on energy instead. Without energy, our money is worthless. Indeed, it can be argued that energy has replaced money as the underpinning of the global economy. Our state, our nation, and our world need to decide how much energy we need and where it will come from and start making this happen. We need leadership that will cut through the bureaucratic quagmire and make energy the number-one priority. Until then, energy will remain lost in the bureaucratic maze.