Where’s the leadership? | AspenTimes.com

Where’s the leadership?

Dear Editor:Sue Gray asks, “Are you ready to pay $6 per gallon?” (Letters to the editor, Feb. 27) if we object to world domination desires of Iran and the terrorist groups they sponsor.We’ve set ourselves up for pure blackmail. I recently attended a presentation by Shell Oil showing their estimates of available reserves tied up in oil shale and their in situ, environmentally sensitive, recovery technology that could produce oil for half of what we are presently paying. “Are you ready for $1.50 per gallon?”Even though, by Shell’s estimate, there is as much oil here in the Rocky Mountains as there is in all of the world’s estimated remaining oil reserves put together, Shell is proceeding at a relaxed, no hurry, 20-year-before-commercial-quantities pace.Has no one ever heard of the Manhattan Project? If the same urgency and priority were in place, we would be oil independent in four years, not 20. We would no longer subsidize these monsters and their retrograde jihad religion that has resulted directly in 270 million people being put to death throughout history. But, then again, they may top that number if their nuclear ambitions are not stopped.We have solutions but apparently no leadership to make them happen. That’s really awful.Mike MasonCedaredge

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