Monday, September 11, 2006

Don't Let The Energy Merchants Fool You This Time by Walt Barrett

I have spent the best part of my spare time during the past forty years working on alternate energy inventions, and running solar companies as part of my business group. If I didn't have my other companies in China and India I would have gone broke years ago! I feel obligated to warn you if you have not already realized it, that we are getting manipulated by these people more that ever and it is time to wake up and do something. Each time we have had an energy crisis starting since about 1973 when the prices rocketed into the stratosphere we have all made a major effort to conserve energy and have actually succeeded twice in the past by using solar power, wind power, small water power, passive solar heating, and growing fuel crops like vegetable oil and ethanol etc. I'm sure that there are other good ideas just "sitting" out there unused. The energy companies tell us the prices are high because "It is a supply and demand business." So every time we all got on the bandwagon and really started saving energy ,and money, of course, The prices magically came down, and they started building big cars and big homes and all of the other energy wasting trappings and practices. This time, we cannot take the bait! This time we have to keep right on conserving until it hurts. If we do not change our habits we will soon be paying six dollars a gallon for fuel oil, gasoline and diesel fuel.
If everyone only saved a gallon of fuel a day there are over a hundred million cars on the road daily. I saw another report that said two hundred million cars a day. That is a lot of fuel! We have to do everything we can possibly do to save more energy. Do not depend on the government to develop or pay for these energy saving programs. They are too busy meddling in the affairs of other countries and wasting billions of dollars on endless wars. They have no time for us. It is up to each of us to work this problem out for ourselves in our own way and hopefully at the polls in November 2006.
If the government was really interested in our welfare they would have done something about high energy costs and shortages a long time ago. They would have also put a stop to the greedy speculation that goes on daily in the energy markets. It will never happen! So please stop making unnecessary trips in your car and consider car pooling and public transportation and yes, even walking! Don't be fooled by the announcement of huge new oil field discoveries in the Gulf or anywhere else. It isn't going to help you in the long run. It will be the same thing all over again. I have been around long enough to tell you that if you want to see your energy future, then look backward into the past, for it is in the past where you will find a very clear picture of the future. Think about it!

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