Valuable time has been lost in political rhetoric and futile debates. While the Congress fiddles, the country is burning over $100 million worth of imported energy every day. It serves no useful purpose to blame the "greediness" of big oil companies or the "wastefulness" of the American people. A realistic energy plan would take these factors as given parameters and would get on with the task of increasing production and conserving energy by economic incentives, public education, and capable leadership. A bureaucratic solution, or a myriad of them, would not achieve the objectives of a national energy plan for the United States. It will only cause the Department of Energy, originally composed of only a few thousand employees and granted only a temporary existence under the Federal Energy Act of 1974, to grow from its present size of 19,000 employees and over $10 billion budget. Unless a comprehensive energy plan is formulated, which will emphasize domestic production and curtail energy consumption realistically, oil imports will still be formidable and our dependence on OPEC oil will continue for the foreseeable future.