Lo­cal­ize the is­sue

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Since the Arab oil em­bargo in the early 1970s when fuel prices quadru­pled we have heard politi­cians lament, “We need a com­pre­hen­sive na­tional en­ergy pol­icy.” To­day, 35 years later, they are still say­ing, “We need a na­tional en­ergy pol­icy.” It is ap­par­ent that nei­ther a Demo­cratic nor a Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion is will­ing or able to ac­com­plish this and wean Amer­ica off de­pen­dence on for­eign oil.

I would like to see The Wash­ing­ton Times ad­dress the pos­si­bil­ity of shift­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity for en­ergy pol­icy away from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and vest it in the states. Those few states which refuse to look out for their cit­i­zens’ best in­ter­ests in this re­gard will have to stew in their own juices un­til they are forced to come to the re­al­iza­tion that the sit­u­a­tion is se­ri­ous.

Un­der this sce­nario, the “Not in my back yard” syn­drome would sim­ply evap­o­rate. Wal­ter Meller Abi­lene, Texas

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