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Posted: Saturday, August 9, 2008 12:17 am | Updated: 10:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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OIL

Energy independence for U.S. is necessary

Since the early 1970s, there have been attempts to make this country self-sufficient on our energy needs. President Nixon submitted a plan to the Congress which was rejected, and even as of this writing, similar attempts have been rejected by most liberal, self-serving congressional members who say, “It would take 10 to 15 years to derive any benefits.” In doing the math, it has been at least 34 years and we are hearing the politicians parroting the same excuses.

Whether it be for natural gas, bio fuels, hydro-electric, nuclear plants, geo-thermal, solar, wind energy, etc., we are doing absolutely nothing. Imagine the new economy we could have established if we took the lead to become energy independent. Recently, a former top executive at the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco indicated that Saudi production has already reached a peak and will begin dropping in 15 years or less.

The more authoritative International Energy Agency, which advises 27 industrial nations, believes we won’t hit a peak until around 2040 when supply will be at 100 million barrels a day, citing the real problem could be “above ground hindrances” in the major oil-producing nations.

Those hindrances are a threat of violence from armed militias severely hampering production in Iraq and Nigeria, and the nationalist autocrats of Russia, Venezuela and Iran, who are reluctant to let Western oil giants fully exploit their resources. And why should they? In the U.S., congressional members and environmentalists vehemently oppose efforts to expand offshore drilling or to allow exploration of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

I pose this question: What has been done in at least 34 years to make our country energy independent? If you are satisfied with the $4-plus gas prices, stop your whining and pay the Middle Eastern terrorists.

RICK RIVARD

CHANDLER

Bumper sticker mentality won’t help

“We can’t drill our way out of this mess.” “It will take 10 years to provide any relief.”

Bumper sticker talking points such as these are being trumpeted by Democrats to appease their extreme environmental constituency. At the same time, they try to justify this position to the more level-headed mainstream voter. Their “solution” is to develop alternative energies strategies.

Has anyone noticed how many hybrid vehicles are on the road now? Flex-fuel vehicles? How about the hydrogen-powered car which Honda announced recently? So yes, market pressures are fostering development of alternative energy strategies and these strategies will continue to evolve. Nevertheless, it takes nine years just to replace half of the vehicles on the road today with new ones. It will literally take decades to perfect these alternatives and bring them into the mainstream, far longer than the benefit we could have with more drilling.

The truth is we need to increase drilling to tap our own reserves of oil in addition to allowing alternative energy strategies to develop. Experts say it will not take 10 years for additional drilling to help. Off-shore drilling could bring extra supplies in as little as three years with abundant supplies available later from development in places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Polls indicate that sanity still prevails in the American public. More than 60 percent favor additional drilling in places which are currently off-limits. President Bush has rescinded the executive order banning off-shore drilling. The ball is now in the court of our Democratic Congress, but the congressional ban remains. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to not even bring the question to a vote. It’s time to stop the bumper sticker mentality and use some sanity to deal with what is becoming the defining issue of this campaign.

STEVE BALL

GILBERT

Most companies aren’t U.S.-owned

The constant press coverage and letters to the editor concerning the cost of gasoline fail to point out that the cost of gas in the United States is the lowest of any industrial nation.

Further, many of the greedy American oil companies they talk about are not American. This includes Shell Oil (Dutch), BP (English), CITGO (Venezuela), etc.

To attribute the high oil prices to President Bush is saying that he controls the Venezuelan, English, Dutch, Russian, African, Canadian and Arab oil production and distribution.

If you truly believe this, then for you it is true. You might give reality a chance, if you can.

HENRY RICHARDS

CHANDLER

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