Having gone through the oil/gas crisis of the 1970s, what is happening with crude oil and gasoline prices recently is like watching old reruns on TV. You've seen it before, and it doesn't necessarily get better with age. During the mid 70s, our house was heated with oil, and the cost was through the roof. We switched to gas heat as soon as we could muster the cash to tap into the natural gas line and get a gas furnace. Now, to heat the house with natural gas is going through the roof.
During the peak of the crisis in the 70s, there was a lot of talk about finding alternative energy sources that didn't involve fossil fuels. But that's all it was - a lot of talk.
Many months ago, I recall President George W. Bush chastising the American people for their insatiable fuel consumption. I don't disagree with the fact that we do use a lot of fossil fuels to run our cars, heat our homes, and provide electricity. What I found bothersome is that it seems that the blame was being placed on the American people.
The fact is, most Americans, if not all, would embrace alternative fuels if it were made available to them - and at a cost that the average American can afford. I'm not a scientist and I'm not an inventor. But it seems to me that there must be people out there with the scientific and creative mind to come up with something.
There's wind energy, geothermal, solar, hydroelectric, and probably many others I haven't thought of. We've had since the 1970s to come up with something, and I can't believe that in 30 years we're still in the same place.
The American people are not married to oil because we want to be, there just aren't other choices out there, or choices that people can reasonably afford. So I beg and plead to the braniacs out there and/or the companies that can fund them: Give us some affordable choice. America will beat a path to your door!
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