Why we we pay good taxpayer dollars to support the useless Department of Energy?
Graph Source: Department of Energy .
In the thirty-four years the federal Department of Energy has existed, domestic consumption of oil has increased, domestic production decreased and imports increased. In other words the DOE has been a massive failure.
So why do we continue to pour tax dollars down the DOE drain:
President Barack Obama  unveiled on May 7 a $26.4 billion budget request for DOE for fiscal year (FY) 2010, including $2.3 billion for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  (EERE). The budget aims to substantially expand the use of renewable energy  sources while improving energy transmission infrastructure . It also makes significant investments in hybrids  and plug-in hybrids , in smart grid  technologies, and in scientific research and innovation. 
Hat tip: Wikipedia .