Paul Arms Los Angeles: Thank you for taking
on the important issue of our energy strategy in "Beyond
Fossil Fuels." I believe Americans want a real energy policy.
Someone once humorously said:
"There are a lot of folks who can't understand how
we came to have an oil shortage here in the USA. Well, there's
a very simple answer. Nobody bothered to check the oil! We just
didn't know we were getting low. The reason for this is purely
geographical. All the oil is in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana,
Wyoming, etc. All the dipsticks are in the White House."
Yet humor can not excuse the poor future our policy makers
are handing future generations of Americans. We never seem to
get an honest national energy policy--just various levels of
oil or coal extraction policies.
However, it is important to note that Texas and Oklahoma
not only have a lot of oil, they also have a lot of wind. Few
if any of the wind generators are connected to the grid. Furthermore,
in the sunny states of Florida, California, New Mexico, Nevada,
and Arizona there is very little use of solar, whether it be
Photovoltaic Panels or Solar Sterling Concentrators. Clearly
we have no national energy policy.
Instead of a national energy policy we have a national extraction
policy. What can we expect when our government leaders practice
public policy for political and personal profit? This is especially
true with our current administration, which is so closely tied
to both the oil and coal extraction industries. It is easy to
point to a map and say "bomb" in order to protect
an oil supply in far away regions. It is easy to point to American
wilderness and say "drill." What is hard for our government
leaders, who have made a life out of thinking in quarterly business
cycles, is to think in terms of future generations of Americans.
Since the extraction industry helped put George W. Bush
in office, that explains why we have a short-term extraction
policy instead of a long-term energy policy. It is great that
you did an article and explained that there are other options.
Paras D. Bhayani, Homewood, IL: The article, Beyond
Fossil Fuels, Power Lunch, by Marilyn Berlin Snell clearly
portrayed the close ties that Bush and company have with the
energy industry. It shows how in Bushs mind, Acting
boldly and swiftly to end Americas energy crisis,
is synonymous with, Acting boldly and swiftly to destroy
If the Bush Administration continues to behave in such an ecologically
irresponsible manner, it is our duty as Americans to ensure
that he feels the pressure of the electorate. The environment
has been called the Achilles heel of the Bush Administration.
Our high-flying president has proclaimed on many occasions,
Stop polluting my record! Well, we would; if hed
stop polluting our earth.
Nothing should outrage Americans more than a president who
plunders the nations natural resources, and caters to
ecologically destructive industries. After all, these are our
natural resources. So are we really going to let these two oilmen
sell our air, water, and wildlife refuges in order to preserve
the short term profitability of the oil industry?
I trust that your answer is an emphatic no.
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