Solve the prob­lem

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

In the early 1940s, gaso­line was be­ing sold in some ser­vice sta­tions for 11 cents per gal­lon. Jump­ing ahead to 2008, oil is be­ing sold for more than $120 per bar­rel and gaso­line is near­ing $4 per gal­lon. What is the so­lu­tion?

How long are we go­ing to be sub­jected to the whims of oil-pro­duc­ing coun­tries that can keep rais­ing the price at ev­ery turn we take to re­duce de­mand? It is about time for the U.S. to mo­bi­lize its re­sources, stop play­ing games and cap­i­tal­ize on the mar­ket value. Let’s start build­ing re­finer­ies and drilling new and un­tapped oil re­serves. Let’s use the wind­fall prof­its to pay off our na­tional debt, de­velop al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources and tell the tin­horn dic­ta­tors who are hold­ing us ran­som to their pseudo-power based on their one source of in­flu­ence to go drink from the sea — or oil wells, as they might pre­fer. H.E. Butts Lees­burg, Vir­ginia

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