- The Washington Times - Friday, November 18, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There may come a day when men of vision and ingenuity find a source of energy to replace oil, but in the meantime, oil has proved to be the best way of greasing the wheels of our economy.

In the area of Texas where I live, for the past few years we have seen truck after truck come through our city, transporting wind turbines from factories to the site where they are to be erected. These trucks have been diesel, mind you, not electric.

I was born and raised in the “Oil Patch” and went to work on a drilling rig in 1958. I stayed in the oil field for about 20 years, which, I suppose, is part of the reason I’m sold on fossil fuels. There is, however, a historical reason, too.

I have seen people put down their last dollar in hope that their time had come and oil would be flowing all the way to the bank. They were people who were willing to work hard to see their dreams come true.

If they went broke - and some did - they found a way to start over without a government bailout.

Drilling an oil well isn’t just punching a hole in the earth and watching the oil flow. There is no guarantee that there even is oil in holes that may have cost millions of dollars. However, in my opinion, the best thing our government can do is get out of the way where energy is concerned and allow those willing to go the last mile to discover new sources of energy. They are in it to make money, and if they don’t, they will find something else that will or die trying. That’s the American way - and it works.

GEORGE T. WEIR

Jacksboro, Texas

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