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Writer is being too cute | Federal Way letters

I want to comment on the guest column by Gary Robertson (Sept. 3).

Robertson is reminiscing about his prior columns and about debates he has had with other letter writers. I think he is being too cute by a bunch. He is also too biased by a big bunch.

He starts by telling about articles he wrote in 2007 about global warming. He tells of a debate he had with another letter writer who claimed global warming was not a big issue. He now prides himself by saying science has now proved he (Robertson) was correct.

That may well be true, but I also get the sense that he thinks global warming is somehow my fault. (Your fault, too). I might point out that the Earth has had periods of warming and cooling long before us awful humans polluted the place with CO2.

Robertson then refers to another writer whose letter of July 5, 2005, was on the subject, “Our Nation’s Energy Crisis.” Robertson chastises this writer for questioning Sen. Maria Cantwell when she said this nation has only 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves. It seems Robertson agrees with Cantwell. One must wonder where he is coming from. Has he not heard of the Bakken Shale discovery in western North Dakota? This reserve contains up to 4 billion barrels of recoverable oil with present technology.

Has he not heard of the major oil reserve under the Rocky Mountains? This is the largest oil reserve in the world.

Has he not heard of other discoveries in Pennsylvania? In Oklahoma? In Texas? In Louisiana?  And more and more.

This country has within its borders more proven reserves than all the rest of the world combined! We have enough to last for hundreds of years. And we don’t even need to rely on off-shore drilling or nuclear plants.

All of this can be verified on Google or by going to the link www.usgs.gov/newsroom.asp?ID=1911

Robertson ends his piece with the cute saying “look before you leap.” I think this applies to him as well.

Leo J. Thoennes, Federal Way

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