HUGH ROBERTS, Fort Mill, S.C. The writer is a manager of technology exchange for a company that specializes in chemical processes and systems for metal finishing and electronics.
To the Editor:
Keith Crain really hit a nerve with his May 1 column, "I'm tired of all the excuses."
As he so correctly pointed out, the United States has been in this energy crisis situation for more than 30 years.
I remember hearing President Gerald Ford say that Americans will not be held hostage by foreign sources of energy. Well, that is exactly what our energy policy has been for the last 30-plus years.
Furthermore, those foreign energy sources are much more volatile today than they were then.
Now, Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., ("Raising CAFE is not the answer," Letters, May 22) suggests that we should seek to "eliminate nonvehicular uses of oil."
Just what does his proposal include -- that every family that heats its house with fuel oil suddenly switch to nuclear power or perhaps dilithium crystals?
Also, does "nonvehicular uses of oil" include minor industries such as petrochemicals (i.e., synthetics)?
We are in this situation because for the last 30-plus years no one in the U.S. Congress or private industry has chosen to tackle the real problem -- creating an automobile that doesn't run on dead dinosaurs.
No further discussion is necessary.