There is value in reducing oil import dependence, reducing the risks of climate change, and beginning the ostensibly long transition away from fossil fuels, yet North America has struggled in these areas and on other big-ticket energy policy items.
The main reason we are dependent on fossil fuels is that they are abundant and inexpensive. They are able to produce the most energy per unit of mass compared to other energy sources. In other words, fossil fuels are the most efficient way to create energy. Of course, we also like being able to fly to Hawaii or Mexico for a vacation, or take a road trip whenever we feel like it.