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Alternative energy sources

Dear Editor:

There is a lot of talk about alternative energy ” in the news, on TV, in the coffee shops. A lot of talk about alternative fuels. Well, I have some thoughts I would like to share with you on this subject. Did you know that Brazil is only 40 percent dependent on foreign oil? They use an alternative fuel source developed from sugar. All of our major car manufactures are in Brazil producing cars to run on this fuel. When will we figure this out? Why do we continue to make these offshore companies rich? Why? Because change is hard.

The mentality is, “if ain’t broke don’t fix it” Well, folks, it’s broke. Fuel costs are busting our budgets from our homes, governments, freight costs, transit; the list goes on and on. We need to think out of the box to start solving some of these problems. Sure, biodiesel is usually only 10 percent ethanol or some other alternative source. It is sometimes hard to store. Same rings true for alternative unleaded fuels.

E85 is being developed for high-country use. There may be other problems with these fuels. But doesn’t our environment deserve our effort to conform to these fuels? Don’t the American people deserve the opportunity for our economy to develop 10 percent more jobs? The jobs would come from ethanol refineries and car factories developing new cars, trucks and buses to run more efficiently on these fuels. Don’t the American people deserve our effort?

We need to rethink how we even buy our current fuels. We could form fuel coalitions for our governments and transit agencies instead of everybody buying their fuels independently, at a higher price because of smaller volume. Form fuel coalitions of entire state governments purchasing their fuel once a year. Sure, you may get burned once in a while on the costs, but at least you would know what your fuel costs would be. Entire state transit agencies buying large blocks of fuel as one large coalition would ensure a lower price just based on the volume of the purchase. You would all know what your budgets would be for the year, with no surprises from surging fuel costs.

Sure, these ideas are different from the mainstream of our current way of doing business. But don’t we owe it to the American people and the environment to move away from the mentality of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Don’t we owe it to ourselves? Can’t we start thinking of America first? Is it beyond us to think that there is a future of creating jobs and sending less money offshore by developing renewable energy sources? Do you think our forefathers ever thought “make all the money here and send it offshore.” I think not. Well, that is all I have to say on this subject. I will leave you with a thought from Gen. George S. Patton: “Always do more than is required of you.”

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Russ Decker

Carbondale

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