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January 10, 2008


L D Nelson

Brian Davis is a little confused and I am not sure he understand his subject well enough to issue a five point plan.

First, if the economy is going into recession (or already there), it is because of the popping of the real estate bubble and stagnate wages, not the rising price of oil. The Fed and the US Treasury are now battling a liquidity crisis in our financial system, not an imported oil-driven inflation.

Davis tries gallantly, however, to tie his five point energy plan to a looming recession caused by the rising price of oil. It just does not work.

Nothing in his plan has anything to do with the looming recession he cites. Nothing in his plan would make any difference in the short or medium term.

Even if we started exploration in ANWR now, it would be at least a decade before the oil would flow and that oil would meet only a very fraction of the demand.

Nuclear power plants take decades to build and no one has yet figured out a way to safely store mega-tons of nuclear waste for thousands of years.

Detroit would very much like mileage standards to be repealed, but that would not have a positive affect on our oil dependency or on the US automobile industry. Japanese and European car makers can already meet or exceed the 2020 US standards Detroit and Mr Davis deem excessive.

Mr Davis's plan, if one can call it that, fails to acknowledge that in the short and medium term we can only reduce dependency on imported oil by reducing our consumption. But that would require people to sacrifice a bit, to buy more fuel efficient cars (Japanese, Korean, or European?), to drive 55 MPH, to walk a block or two instead of driving, and take other daily measures to reduce our use of oil, our carbon foot print.

My questions to Mr Davis are these:

What should we do in the short term, 1 to 3 years, to reduce our dependence on imported oil?

What should we do in 3 to 5 years to reduce our dependency?


Wouldn't it help a lot if people would just take some responsibility upon themself?
Cut back on some of the driving, use more fuel efficient vehicles, reduce electical use, turn down the thermostat, and promote alternative power sources.
It would be nice if the Post Bulletin, other newspapers, and TV staions would promote energy saving ideas and suggestions on a daily and long term basis.
Now that would be a real public service.

L D Nelson

I agree, Bill. After the oil crisis'of 11970's, the Japanese drastically cut their energy consumption individually, at corporations at in the government. Thermostats were set to about 80 degrees in summer, gas stations were closed on Sundays, and television went off the air at midnight. It all made a difference in energy consumption. Maybe we should bring back Sunday closing laws. They would reduce energy consumption and give everyone (or almost everyone) a quality family day.


Of course, Brian Davis could always opt to do what others do, which is to bore their listeners to death with their dull pseudo-intellectualism and failed self-importance. If America is to remain an economic powerhouse,a position India and China are not shy to pursue vigorously by burning all the fossil fuels into which they can get their hands, we are to pursue energy independence by exploring and managing our own resources. If left unchecked, regressive liberalism will send America back to pre-Industrial Revolution days.

ray schmitz

Seems strange that a physician would blend health regulations, air pollution standards, with energy needs. Ray Schmitz

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