Letter of the Day

Fuel Prices Remain A Great Rip-Off

Editor, Times-Dispatch: A few years ago I wrote a letter called, “The Great American Rip-off” concerning our high-priced gas, oil, and petroleum products. Today we are facing the same situation with the same old lies and deception fed by our politicians, oil companies, and other special-interest groups.

Oil-related service companies such as Halliburton, formerly operated by Vice President Dick Cheney, are reaping windfall profits at our expense from the war in Iraq. Because our foreign-oil dependency is only 30 percent, we could easily tell OPEC where to go and buy our oil from Canada and Mexico while reopening our own reserves in the Gulf of Mexico, which would more than satisfy our needs.

But forget about trying to purchase more oil. We don’t need all that is produced now. We have had the technology and capabilities since the late 1920s greatly to enhance our fuel economy and reduce or even eliminate the toxic emissions that contaminate our air, land, and water. This information is and has been suppressed for many years by our government, oil companies, and other special-interest groups. Why? Because money talks and politicians in both major parties love money.

Do people know that Shell achieved more than 100 mpg on cars dating back to the late 1940s? Shell got 149.95 mpg with a 1947 Studebaker in 1949. It also received 244.35 with a 1959 Fiat 600 in 1968 and a staggering 376.59 in 1973 with a 1959 Opel. Ford also achieved 171 in 1936 with three different vehicles.

We must let our representatives know it’s time to unlock this technology and start watching out for our welfare. We don’t want to pay $3 or more for a gallon of gas. Keith Kessler. dale city.

Precisely why I would never vote for Bush/Cheney. Too much oil in their bloodstream.

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