2007-11-16 / Letters

Powerful Lobbies Stop Experimentation

Dear Editor,

The price of crude oil has reached and surpassed $100 a barrel, and is climbing even higher. Are we that naive to listen to those in power, or to those who control the crude oil spigots? The only thing they say that I believe is that the crunch for oil will continue and so will the rise in price of this commodity. To continue in our ways means an end to our way of life, as this will ruin not only the American economy but the economies of the rest of the free world as well.

I wish the world would be ruled by plumbers, and not by eggheads with highfalutin degrees from highfalutin universities or puny rulers with royal titles.

Increasing mileage to the gallon of fuel is commendable, as far as keeping the environment cleaner by reducing carbon monoxide. But what increased mileage to the gallon will not accomplish is [a lower] cost per mile traveled.

Car manufacturers are producing better and more fuel efficient vehicles, a commendable effort indeed, but at the same time the oil industry is keeping a watchful eye on achievements in fuel economy, making sure that with better fuel economy the price of gas will not fall behind.

Solutions are at hand, but powerful lobbies with their influence are making sure that the United States doesn't follow Brazil by switching to renewable sources of energy, once and for all becoming self-reliant in energy to power our industry, keep our homes warm and fuel tanks full.

JOSEPH CEDER

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