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Letter: What good is altruism?

April 23, 2011 – 12:34am

Does it really make sense to descend into mediocrity by embracing the idealism of environmental altruism?

I too believe we should seek and develop energy sources that don’t propagate malignant parasites that eat away at the host.

We are technologically tied to fossil fuels. We pay billions of taxpayer dollars to Petrobras – in Brazil – to drill in the same Gulf of Mexico waters while the federal government is disallowing American companies to explore for that fuel.

That seems to be irresponsible at best; at worst it is economic malfeasance.

To think that ethanol is the answer is ludicrous: David Pimental of Cornell University postulates that “70 percent more energy is required to produce ethanol than the energy that actually is in it.”

And economist Ed Yardeni said: “because the U.S. provides more than half of global corn exports and 40 percent soybean exports … our ethanol policy is exacerbating the global food fight.”

We must wake up to the realization that the sophistry being spread by some benevolent environmentalist politicians may indeed be nefarious subterfuge in an attempt to undermine our very way of life.

Allow exploration and refining while seeking “viable” energy sources.

Rick Allsup


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