Letter: We are in a time of transition
The news editor of the Miner, Rich Thurlow, continues to make disparaging comments about people who want to work to solve the problems with our foreign energy dependence in our country. The times are changing, and blaming Democrats and forward-thinkers is as archaic as fins on a Cadillac.
No one, including any Democrats or Independents, is happy about paying higher energy costs despite your misleading comments. We have families, too. The recent lowered standard of living we are experiencing developed under an eight-year Republican administration that came into office with gas at $1.60 a gallon and an oil industry energy policy they developed that had no diversification for renewable energy development.
I am not against more oil drilling to help in the immediate crisis, but the global commodities markets will send it to the highest bidder in the emerging countries and not change our situation. It is imperative that we all become informed about our choices and not let disparaging comments lead us backwards.
Vibrant communities are embracing renewable energy and new sustainable urbanism development to maintain and sustain our economies. We are not ignorant and forlorn in our community; that's not our way. Good books on the transition are: "EcoEconomy" by Lester Brown; "The Hydrogen Economy" by Jeremy Rifkin; "Natural Capitalism" by Paul Hawken-Lovins; and the latest, "Sustainable Urbanism" by Douglas Farr.