No End in Sight for Gas Guzzlers
As of this writing, $3.60 per gallon was the lowest price I’ve paid for 87 octane in quite a while. The lower price satisfied my need but not my conscience. By the time I got home, I shook my head and decided to write this to all gas guzzlers.
We are starting our fifth decade of congressional and presidential failure to address a coherent energy policy for the United States, dating back to the Nixon administration and the oil embargo and gas lines of 1973.
Eight presidents and 18 congresses later, there is still no meaningful political or policy continuity on addressing our dependency on foreign fossil fuels.
Oil and gas, coal and hydro, as necessary as they are to maintaining our quality of life, are simply not politically popular.
For incumbent lawmakers, running for re-election is what our elected officials do best. What we hear from them are sound bites for green energy, clean energy and renewables. They know all too well there is insufficient clean energy electrons to put a dent in fossil fuel needs of today and possibly for the next two decades.
The sentiment is clearly anti-coal, oil and hydrocarbons. They forget coal is used to produce more than 60 percent of all electricity.
They are oblivious to the 250 million vehicles on the roads of America today that run almost entirely on gas and diesel fuels. These vehicles have a 15- to 20-year lifespan. That is the reality. Long distance mobility demands continued use of gasoline and diesel.
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