The writer is a former auto dealer who handled Buick, Nissan, Volkswagen and Subaru vehicles.
To the Editor:
I couldn't let Keith Crain's column about a federal fuel tax go without comment ("Pick a number, pay the price," May 23).
Perhaps he is oblivious to the disastrous effects current high fuel prices are having on the economy. They rob the consumer of the choice of where to spend a significant amount of his money. That affects the health of small and large businesses alike.
The issue should be our nation's lack of a comprehensive energy policy.
I believe we have the resources and technology to lower the price of fuel and also improve air quality.
Converting federal and, eventually, municipal fleets to compressed natural gas could lead the way. Encouraging more CNG-based infrastructure would allow the expansion of natural gas as a viable fuel for many commercial fleets as well. That should be a central tenet of federal energy policy.
The other avenue is to encourage drilling in the United States.
What about oil shale? We have vast, nearly untapped resources.
And dare I mention nuclear? Let's look at France as a positive example and also learn from Japan's mistakes. Nuclear is clean and viable. It can also be safe.
More alternative, nonfossil energy sources will eventually be developed. In the meantime, let's focus on using our own resources to expand energy and lower its cost, thereby improving our standard of living.
Unfortunately, the feds would rather use the energy issue as a political football than take any real action. Giving them more money to waste with additional fuel tax income will solve nothing.