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1976, in spite of skyrocketing demand for petroleum and petroleum products.

Besides increasing our supply, we could reduce our demand for oil by pursuing other inexpensive and clean energy sources, such as nuclear energy. Once again, environmentalists have successfully scared the public away from this worthwhile endeavor through Hollywood fear tactics (remember the movie “The China Syndrome?”) and aggressive anti-nuclear campaigns. Even ultra-liberal France knows how valuable a resource nuclear energy is, as a significant portion of their energy is nuclear based.

The hoopla around corn-based biofuels, specifically ethanol, has proven to be more harmful than helpful to our economy and environment. As demand for corn has increased 250 percent in the past few years, prices affecting food production have soared.

While President Bush may be getting the blame for increased food prices, the real culprit is the double whammy on taxpayers in the form of government subsidies to corn growers and increased prices of anything that depends on corn (animal feed, cereals, breads, dairy farms).

The government has caused this supply and demand crisis by creating obstacles to increased energy independence and forcing an unsustainable alternative (ethanol) on the market.

Let American ingenuity do what it does best. Hybrid cars, oil exploration, refinery expansion and nuclear energy are all valuable options that have emerged from private initiative, but continue to face government-imposed obstacles.

Federal Way resident Angie Vogt: vogt.e@comcast.net. Visit www.soundupdate.com.

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