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Posted: July 14, 2010 8:59 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

In response to the letter by Robert Davenport (“American values,” June 19): Wow! Quite the diatribe.

“Bold, decisive leadership, relatively amazing swiftness and unquestionable integrity ...” for Obama.

“The sniveling boot-licking corporate lackey ... modern conservative corporatist ...” for Republicans.

I wonder if Davenport thought that up himself, or just stole it from The Huffington Post; it’s so cliched it’s hilarious.

Here are some facts. Seventy percent of the oil extracted from underground or underwater is used to power transportation, and no “alternative energy source” is going to replace that usage in the foreseeable future. You can’t power aircraft with batteries; we’re not going to be running our cars on solar power.

Even “hybrid” technology still requires gasoline-powered engines, and battery cars have a very limited range before requiring recharging that takes hours.

The only reason that high-risk extraction like the BP rig in the Gulf is even necessary is because of the insane policy in this country barring on-shore oil extraction. We have the largest oil deposits in the world in the Rockies and in shale — exceeding the deposits in the Middle East — but we’re barred from utilizing them because of the environmental fanatics, forcing higher-risk projects such as the BP rig that blew. Nothing ever developed by mankind is perfect and risk-free. The Titanic sank; the Challenger blew up; this rig is leaking oil. Too bad.

You want safer oil development, and less “dependence on foreign oil?” Open up our domestic on-shore fields to development.

We have enough oil on our own lands to make us energy-independent well into the next century, and a net-exporter country if we so choose.


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