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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Revamp failed U.S. energy policy
Yesterday, I paid twice as much to fill my gas tank as I did when I first bought my car. We have been told by President Obama to buy more fuel-efficient, smaller cars, but why should I do so? My car is paid off.
I drive one of those hated “gas-guzzling SUVs,” which I bought six years ago because it meets my family driving needs. It has been extremely useful to us since it has taken numerous trips to and from colleges to haul possessions and has been driven on multiple family vacations, camping and hunting trips. It has been used to remove trash to the dump site or recycling center and pick up road-killed deer from the byways. My vehicle has carried boxes of family records, bushels of apples and peaches for canning and flats of strawberries for making jam.
My SUV has enabled family members to drive safely to and from work in bad weather conditions including ice, severe winds, rain and snow. My vehicle works for me just like similar ones work for myriad others with similar needs.
We have been led to believe by our politicians that oil companies are getting rich with their profits. My Mitsubishi Endeavor uses the same amount of gas it did a few years ago. In fact, I drive less now because I am retired and am not driving 26 miles a day against traffic. What has changed is that the federal government, in its ignorance or stupidity, has crafted policies that have decreased the availability of energy supplies, which would have helped keep the price of gasoline down.
The government actually receives several times more the amount per gallon from gas pumpers than oil companies. If the government raises taxes on oil or eliminates the oil companies’ tax deductions (which many other corporations receive) the oil companies will pass on that increase to the consumer.
America has a long-term energy policy: Exhaust the supply of foreign oil first and when the rest of the world is out of oil, only then will the federal government allow drilling and production of domestic oil. Washington needs to stop the nonsense and let our oil companies get to drilling, putting people back to work and bringing fuel prices down.
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