I disagree with Keith Crain's assessment (Jan. 27) that diesel engines are not a practical solution for the U.S. automotive market, except for SUVs and other light trucks.
Pricing and availability of diesel fuel are only a matter of commitment to diesel technology. I believe we must view this subject on a much deeper level.
The introduction of diesel engines is the most influential course of action for the United States and the war on terror, which cannot be won with guns and retaliatory strikes on Islamic fundamentalist groups. The terrorist threat is sponsored by many of the OPEC nations in the Middle East, even those that are our supposed allies.
Diesel engines offer the most viable and economical solution for reducing our dependence on foreign oil. That would have a significant financial impact on the governments of the OPEC nations and would give the U.S. added leverage to have them police terrorism themselves.
Even if Crain's assessments of pricing and availability are correct, wouldn't he be willing to pay a few extra cents per gallon and drive an extra mile to the pump if it meant we could make progress against terrorism? I sure would!