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Thank you for your editorial "A summit for solutions" (July 1), urging effective leadership to solve our energy problems by our Washington lawmakers.

U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett has recently written his South Carolina constituents requesting our input on the following questions. Let us all promptly contact our Washington people with our answers, and urge them to take mission-to-the-moon actions to solve this problem:

- Should we drill for oil both in our outer continental shelf and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Most assuredly, as a first priority and with the goal of producing major amounts of oil within a year. We built Savannah River Site reactors, each within a year, when our national security demanded such prompt action; drilling for oil can't be more challenging than that.

- Should environmental considerations and a desire to preserve oil for future generations hamper prompt production of major amounts of oil today? No. We should use our fossil liquid fuel sources (liquid petroleum, shale oil and coal), as we now need them. Best estimates suggest that these sources will supply all our needs for many decades, quickly and most economically; during this time we can develop biomass ethanol, hydrogen and batteries for our transportation needs for the following centuries

- Should we support public and private partnerships for the construction of the next generation of nuclear plants in the CSRA? Most assuredly. SRS is by far the best location in the Southeast for this work, which must include fuel reprocessing and multiple uses for the reactor-produced energy. Such multiple energy uses should include electric generation, ethanol production and a cluster of other endothermic industries. Limitless clean, safe, low-cost energy for our homes, businesses and for our cars, for the entire the entire Southeast for the next millennium -- what a fine use for SRS, and what a fine challenge for our next generations of young people!

- Is the dependence on foreign oil a major security threat for this country? Most assuredly!

Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/04/08 - 08:20 am
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Making wise energy decisions

Making wise energy decisions in this country stopped when the American Communist Party split with the Democrats and concentrated their efforts on "environmentalism". To them, this is defined as "anti-capitalism" or "protecting the environment". This war is ongoing. Hopefully the tide will swing in favor of America soon.

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SCEagle Eye 07/04/08 - 09:38 am
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Hey, let's just trash the

Hey, let's just trash the environment for our own short-term greed and consumption. Who cares what th Bible says. Who cares what happens to the planet or the fate of future generations. Not us. Having established a socialist big-government fiefdom around SRS, we DESERVE to have more tax-payer money poured into our area. We must stop the fiscal conservatives who don't agree and who think that nuclear power is cost-ineffective as compared to energy conservation and efficiency. We'll grab what's ours and to heck with everyone else.

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patriciathomas 07/04/08 - 12:17 pm
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Good, Pluto Boy, you bought

Good, Pluto Boy, you bought the entire spiel. You'll make a good environmentalist. Vote Green.

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fredinaiken 07/04/08 - 02:53 pm
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Pluto Boy. Two comments:

Pluto Boy. Two comments: (1) In 1980 (my last year at SRP), three of our local power companies were most interested in building multi-purpose new power reactors at SRP. The pointless, but none-the-less required, anti-nuke licensing barriers killed those proposals. I'm with you; new SRP reactors should be built and operated by private power companies. And (2), a companion point: I assume by the tone of your comments that you are likely a supporter of Al Gore and his global warming crew, if so, please tell us how you propose to reduce world CO2 emissions without going to nuclerar power in major ways worldwide.

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DeborahElliott2 07/04/08 - 03:05 pm
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Did you know Japan actually

Did you know Japan actually used 35% less oil and still increased their production by 65%? They had factories that used heat from the forming steel to put back into another pipe and convert that wasted heat to energy, I thought that was so cool! It is in CNN news.

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Farful 07/05/08 - 12:16 am
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yep

yep

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 07/05/08 - 09:24 am
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Just so we get our history

Just so we get our history straight - when exactly was it that the "American Communist Party split with the Democrats"? Was this before or after many in the Republican Party in the Aiken area absorbed the Socialist philosophy to become a big-government group demanding more and more subsides? SRS sudsidies ain't a birthright, folks. One day, these socialists will have to be weaned off the big-government hand outs and join the rest of us who are subsidy-free.

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