I would like to answer Allen Wollscheidt's recent Letter to the Editor where he states there's not enough oil under the United States to make any significant dent in the fuel situation.
When I was in grade school some 70 years ago or so, we received a small newspaper called the "Weekly Reader." I remember this as if it were yesterday. The paper stated that there was only a 15-year world supply of oil left.
I strongly suggest that the gentleman take advantage of our local library and look up in the "Oil & Gas Journal," which I donate on a regular basis, and get himself updated on the world oil situation.
Example: Saudi Arabia expects to increase production to 12 million B/D by 2010/2012. B/D means barrels of oil production per day.
Canada's oil sands can make the country a world leader in oil production from oil sands alone. Alberta's oil sands are expected to rise to 3 million B/D by 2015 and it goes on and on with such examples.
The U.S. has similar oil sands and shales in California, Wyoming and Montana in amounts that equal, or exceed, those of Saudi Arabia, along our coast of the Atlantic, Pacific and the Gulf Coast (all off-shore). There are also the large reserves in our Rocky Mountain Overthrust Belt.
And I almost forgot ANWAR, which has the potential of being the largest oil and gas field in North America.
Another interesting source of oil and gas is our coal deposits, which are the world's largest. Why use a valuable food source to produce ethanol when there's a world of starving people? Are they expected to drink it, or "let them eat cake" as a famous queen once said? As stated in Putnam's very excellent letter, ethanol is not economical to use or to produce.
Our problem is not that we don't have the oil and gas, it's that we have a bunch of jug-headed congressmen, and enviro/wackos that have their own liberal agenda that are not in line with most Americans. It's votes and power they seek.
If the Gores and Kennedys had their way, we would all be riding pogo sticks or scooters while they, the so-called elite, would still have the use of SUVs and private jets for their comfort because of who they are.
I think that article in my old "Weekly Reader" was what led me to become an exploration geologist and to find oil, which I succeeded in doing when I was employed by Chevron Oil Co.
Ed Welge, Payson