I would like to thank you for printing the April 3 article warning of us dire consequences of global warming.
I was alarmed by a recent “60 Minutes” segment that showed that our administration had oil industry lawyers drastically edit the lengthy report of the administration’s own study of global warming so that all the warnings and urgency were removed.
Solution: If we could develop a truly alternative fuel-driven passenger vehicle, we would solve many of our problems. That is what is really needed to reverse global warming. We can do this! This is America. If a guy in a car in Kansas can e-mail a picture to a person in a car in Timbuktu, we can do this.
We need to do this. Think of the benefits – reverse global warming, end all of our dollars going overseas to foreign countries, create thousands of good paying jobs, diminish air pollution, dramatically change the geopolitics with OPEC countries. Let them swim in their oil. Citizens need to become actively involved in encouraging (hounding) our government and business leaders to do everything they can to give this task high priority.
The government can pass incentives for our best scientists to go into this field. They can give incentives for people to develop, manufacture and use alternative fuels. The oil companies could do it. They are flush. They already have all the fueling stations, pipelines and most are already invested in alternative fuels. Why not pass a windfall profits tax or a depleting the natural resources tax and then give them the option of avoiding the tax by making comparable investments in alternative energy?
We need to do something now. All we can do as citizens is make it clear to every politician that we won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t make this a priority.