In "Ahead for Heating Oil Users: a Record-Shattering Winter" [January 21], the effect of the high cost of energy for many Americans was described.
The article gives examples of high costs of energy but fails to address the real problem: supply. Instead, it mentions programs like Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which exemplify just more government involvement, which will only drive up prices for consumers. A simple solution would address the supply issue. Unfortunately, due to environmentalists' influence, who use junk science to convince spineless politicians, we, as a country, are unable to search and tap our own sources of oil. Increasing the supply of oil on the market would reduce the price for all. In addition, we need refineries that can refine this oil into gasoline, heating oil, etc., lowering the price for all Americans. It's a shame no one running for president has the guts to propose this simple, but effective solution.
This letter is in response to "Calling Joe 4 Oil" [January 21], in which Joe Kennedy coyly suggests that even he might question the morality of taking oil from CITGO. It is important to note that the average American is probably unaware of the forces at work behind CITGO and the Joe 4 Oil ads - the Venezuelan government, a well-know anti-American entity run by an unabashed left-wing strongman. The unfortunate reality is Venezuela found an opening for their ads in part because Americans are in a panic regarding the energy challenge that looms ever larger before us. The demand for energy in the United States is quickly outpacing supply and until our nation has a strategic plan to diversify our energy portfolio including developing American natural resources along with alternatives, we will always be vulnerable to those who control the world's energy resources. The last thing Chavez wants to see is the United States independently developing its own plentiful and affordable natural resources in the Outer Continental Shelf and Intermountain West, regions that can provide enough oil and natural gas to heat 100 million homes for 60 years. Chavez does not want to see more American jobs created, more money from oil and gas revenues going to states for education and social programs, or a more energy stable America.
President and CEO
Independent Petroleum Association of America
Rep. Kennedy, in reference to not taking this oil from Chavez, says that, "all of those who say 'don't take it', can walk to work, can thumb their way to Florida and basically deal without the energy supply that they expect the poor to deal with." Can we ask those in congress and environmentalists who have prevented us from drilling offshore, in Alaska, or mining for shale oil, to do the same and walk to work too? They are the ones who have caused this oil crisis today. If we produced our own oil, there would be no cause to get oil from Chavez. We would not be paying 100 dollars per barrel for oil. We would be saving the $400 billion a year that we now have to pay out to the oil rich countries and dictators. We would not have a deficit today. We could have provided more jobs here. Watch now how China and these countries are buying into our companies. They already have been using "your" money to save our financial institutions. They will soon control our industries. The environmentalists' excuse is global warming and a CO2 increase? Then plant trees. Indonesia is doing it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii reports on CO2 levels. It has increased slightly over one part per million (ppm) per year in the last 50-60 years. From 311 ppm to 385ppm or a 74 ppm increase - that is not enough to make a difference or cause global warming. The cause of this increase of 74 ppm is due to the cutting down of trees all over the world. The plant and ocean sinks can absorb all the CO2 you can produce. Then you can produce more ethanol.
Spring Lake, N.J.