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Other views: Lay blame for prices on leftists

I hope all of you are enjoying the $3.50-plus/gallon of gas and more than $4/gallon of diesel. In the near future we are going to be looking back on these prices as cheap because some analysts predict oil to be trading at $200-$300/barrel in a fe...

I hope all of you are enjoying the $3.50-plus/gallon of gas and more than $4/gallon of diesel. In the near future we are going to be looking back on these prices as cheap because some analysts predict oil to be trading at $200-$300/barrel in a few years.

How did we get here and what is the solution? Sadly too many of us look to the very people who created the problem to be our saviors and to come up with the solution. Trust me, it's not going to happen. The people I'm talking about are our government, and I hold our congressional delegation as responsible as all other others, if not more so. The reason is their seniority and being the party in power most of their elected careers.

When you look at our energy policy, or lack of one, you will see that the liberal leftists have seen fit to tie the hands of energy companies and producers with all kinds of environmental claptrap and useless regulations, which have effectively shut down their ability to develop new oil fields and build new refineries to meet the ever increasing demands of society. Instead they come up with feel good "green" energy that will never produce enough energy to power our economy.

Wind power makes up less than 1 percent of our electrical grid and will never be a dependable, viable major source of power. Solar has a long way to go also, but, if the scientists can improve the efficiency of the panels sevenfold, they could be a player in the future, but that's the future.

In the meantime, we have coal, which powers 48 percent of the nation's electricity; oil, which we use lots of for everything from cars to trucks to tractors and is involved in every aspect of our lives; and then we have nuclear energy, which could be a very major player in the electric market if the fearmongers would just get out of the way and let them work.

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With these three major sources of power effectively fueling our country, I find it unacceptable and even treasonable for our Congress to continue to stand in the way of energy exploration and development. Yet, that is exactly what our guys have done at most every turn, voting time and time again against drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge and various other places. All I ever hear from them is ethanol, which in itself has exacerbated the whole mess and has driven up the price of diesel and gas along with the price of food.

I want to know why they aren't doing something constructive, such as paving the way for turning coal into diesel fuel? Why aren't they working to streamline the process to get new refineries on line? Why aren't they working to cut red tape for building new and improved nuclear power plants? Why are they always working to ensure our dependency on foreign oil?

All these solutions will take time, but, if we don't start now, they will even take more time in the future. We need change. We need new blood in Congress who will weather the storm and put the needs of the country before the needs of the "party."

I hold both parties accountable for this fiasco: the Democrats for actually setting us up for it, and the Republicans for letting them do it. We either need to get back on track or be prepared to pay $5-$10/gallon gas, $5-$8/loaf of bread and forget about meat, as only the super rich will be able to afford it.

Moen lives in Beulah, N.D.

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