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United States must end reliance on gasoline

Posted: June 13, 2008 2:53 a.m.
Updated: August 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Lynne Plambeck, Tom Purcell and Buck McKeon have all sounded off about the rising cost of gasoline.

I've been studying this problem for many years, since it is obvious that oil is a finite resource. It's not going to last forever.

And as supply decreases and demand increases, the price of gasoline can only keep increasing. Six dollars per gallon is not very far in the future.

Plambeck is right that biofuel can never be the answer and is currently driving up food prices.

McKeon, like every politician, simply blames every problem on the "other" party. In fact, the present administration, led by a former Texas oil man, has done nothing in seven years to face up to this obvious problem.

Purcell's history of gasoline is right on, particularly when he says, "It's long been time for America to get off oil," and "Why not some [alternative auto power system] invention nobody has every heard of yet?"

The reasons for getting off oil are: (1) rising gas prices, (2) global warming due to our current dependence on combustion as our primary energy source, (3) smog from cars and refineries, and (4) the fact that oil is not going to last forever and we should leave some for our children.

The inventions that Purcell asks for are coming. But not from Detroit. Perhaps from a garage right here in Newhall.

Why not? Apple Computer and Ford were both started in a garage by individuals with a dream.


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