My response to Raleigh Jenkins comments about my letter to the editor:

First, let me put a disclaimer in. I’m not a chemist and have to defer to a pragmatic thought process. That said, I’m not sure how to respond to Jenkins’ rant about my opinion.

Notwithstanding, the following facts are indisputable to anyone who wants the truth.

The U.S. government has (documented) spent billions of dollars on alternative energy research, grants and subsidies to various entities, which have produced very little if any new energy sources.

Regarding the electric car, I wonder how one charges the batteries, and I’ll let the facts speak for themselves regarding its success.

Earth to Jenkins, an oil well produces large quantities of oil compared with a restaurant’s used grease.

Regarding the ozone, I must confess I don’t have the expertise of people such as Al Gore and company, and others claiming the world is coming to an end, but I can assure you a host of distinguished scientists disagree with the global-warming theories.

As for fracking, for what it’s worth, I’ve spent most of my adult life in the oil and gas drilling industry and understand the difference between a vertical and horizontal well. More importantly I also understand that in the past 60 years hundreds of thousands of wells have been fracked, and there is little if any negative impact on the environment.

Last but not least, I suggest Jenkins do a little more research on the amount of oil and gas reserves we have in this country. Consider that according to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are as many as 1.8 trillion recoverable barrels of oil in the Green River Formation in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming alone; couple this with the billion of barrels of proven reserves in the Gulf of Mexico, and my guess is this will last a little longer than a few years.

Roder Russo

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