Why won't candidates debate
By Mark Neckameyer
April 23, 2008
Letter to the Editor;
Seems like every day crude oil prices hit another record. Every
day airfares go up due to fuel costs along with the price of
everything that has to be shipped. Food prices are soaring as
grains are being used to make ethanol ... A lot of good that
seems to do ... And there is no end in sight. The bad actors
in the Middle East and in Venezuela control crude oil supplies
and cutting consumption here in the US won't help as demand is
growing so fast in Russia, India and especially China. Combined,
the puplulations of those nations are eight or nine times our
population and they are busily industrializing and buying cars.
For all the talk the presidential candidates hammer away on
in ads and debates, with all their arcane, indistinguishable
plans for problems like health care, they don't touch the oil
crisis except to somehow blame the current administration. The
solution to all this seems so simple too.
1. Drill in all the places where we have oil including our ocean
coasts in Florida, Texas and California and in Alaska. Sure,
be careful and environmentally sensitive but get going ... NOW!
2. Build new, modern nuclear plants and use them to generate
all our electricity thereby saving oil and not burning air polluting
coal. This cleans the air, reduces "greenhouse" gasses
and cuts down oil use. They do it in Europe so why not here?
3. Let's do a major, Manhattan Project style program to figure
out how to make hydrogen fuel practical. If we can use nuclear
power to extract hydrogen, the "H" in H2O from sea
water and use it in cars and planes then our problem will be
solved. We would have no pollution while enjoying unlimited
amounts of energy.
Why won't our candidates talk about energy? Don't they see depression,
wars and famines looming if they do nothing?
Received April 22, 2008 - Published
April 23, 2008
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