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We need a plan for oil use and pricing

Dear Editor:

Four-dollar-a-gallon gas this summer is not out of the question. In fact, since 2001, gas prices have risen almost 150 percent here in Colorado, with more increases likely on the way.

President Bush and Congress need to deliver real, immediate relief to hard-working American families by stopping the escalation of gas prices, but we must also develop a comprehensive national energy policy that puts us on more solid footing for decades to come.

President Bush should immediately free up more oil supply in America by suspending additions to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve for one year ” and in fact, consider releasing some oil from the Reserve.

President Bush should use every diplomatic tool at his disposal to urge oil producing countries in the Middle East to increase production and stabilize prices.

Congress should develop a comprehensive energy policy that reduces America’s long-term dependence on foreign oil, once and for all ” which means reducing consumption here at home, looking for responsible ways to develop domestic oil supplies and rapidly developing new sources of renewable energy.

This is a click-and-send “Letter to the Editor” from the Ken Salazar website with which I totally agree.

William Johnston

Aspen


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