Letters to the Editor

Self-imposed energy crisis

Actions needed

It seems obvious the United States has a self-imposed energy crisis.

Environmental hysteria after the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident created such a furor that the political will to drill for oil or process the vast amounts of America’s natural fossil fuel resources came to a grinding halt.

The United States has billions of tons of oil shale and billions of barrels of oil offshore and in ANWAR untouched.

It became easier for a Democratic Congress to blame President Bush and attempt to embarrass oil executives than to step up to the plate with a comprehensive fossil fuel energy bill.

If Congress would set aside politics and write an energy bill prioritizing fossil fuel as its main initiative utilizing America’s natural resources, the world oil market would hemorrhage and be forced to reduce its oil prices.

We have technology to prevent and contain oil spill disasters. We have technology to minimize harming emissions. Alternative fuels should be developed in a parallel effort.

Switching to bio-fuels has created humongous unintended consequences in the areas of food and water shortages throughout the United States and the world.

Pragmatic political actions need to be taken to resolve the United States energy crises.

DEAN JENNIGES

Bremerton

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