June 24, 2019
Letter

Downward spiral

It’s remarkable how out of step our people in Washington are; while the world is shifting gears, making the transition away from oil and coal, President Bush and his associates keep trying to squeeze the last egg out of the once golden goose – oil.

They’re putting our economy and our position as the world’s leading economy in jeopardy. Many developing countries are already turning from oil in favor of wind, solar, hydrogen, geo-thermal, and away from coal to natural gas – in the process creating new industries and a new world economy.

Is Washington just not paying attention, or is the conflict created by corporate campaign funding impairing their vision?

When all the costs are considered – political and environmental – oil is becoming too expensive to sustain economic growth. Which makes the flap over the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge and the administration’s insistence on drilling for oil there even more ridiculous. While they boast more drilling as the road to oil independence, in 10 years, when oil is finally brought out of ANWR, it will be – like coal and nuclear – too costly, too dirty, too dangerous and too out-of-step with modern technology.

If America continues on this path, even an aggressive “war” machine will not save the U.S. economy. We should all then prepare ourselves for a long and precipitous downward spiral.

Gordon Hammond

Westfield


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