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Letter to Editor
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 • Posted August 13, 2008


I have been waiting for some of our big thinkers to come up with ideas that would solve our high price gasoline problem but I fear they think the problem is so large that the forest cannot be seen because of the trees.The thinking now seems to be drill here , drill there and drill now. But the opponents of drilling are holding the fort.

To this 97 year old writer of memories it seems that while drilling would increase the supply of oil it does nothing to lower the demand for gasoline. Therefore let me suggest that they start thinking small as in small towns where the use of electric (battery operated) vehicles could lower the demand for gasoline.

Consider first the number of small towns in the United States with a population of 8,000 or less where the utilization of gasoline powered automobiles could perhaps be reduced 85 or 90 percent by the use of battery equipped vehicles similar to golf carts that could be modified and equipped with additional batteries that would provide all of the day to day transportation required for small town living and could be recharged when plugged into an electrical outlet. Thus allowing the gasoline guzzling automobile to be used only for more lengthily trips.

Think of all the gasoline that could be saved in the United States alone, but expand your thinking to include small towns world-wide and the daily gasoline savings could become so gigantic that world prices would tumble.

Think too of how the demand for these battery equipped vehicles would expand the business of both the golf cart and battery manufacturers and perhaps put countless millions to work just in these two industries alone.

For the haughty who might say “I wouldn’t be caught dead in one of those rigs”the answer is “OK spend enough money and that rig can be made to look like a small automobile”.

The possibilities of success in using this small town approach to our high price gasoline problem is tremendous if it is given enough thought by the big thinkers of our nation.

This would require the corporation of local, state and federal governments and you could no doubt bet that Big Oil with their millions and politicians with their hands in Big Oil’s pockets would fight such an idea.

But think on it. The more you think the more the possibilities grow.

Bill Bodenhamer

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