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Regarding The Price Of Gas

To The Editor:

Shoot – ‘spposin the price of gas isn’t high enough yet?! Walk through any of our parking lots, Safeway, Upper Stanley Village, the Post Office, the schools’ lots, and see the number of unoccupied cars, trucks, and SUVs with engines idling. Even idling are many vehicles that are occupied while waiting for someone to return – foolishly and selfish behaviors, I’d say. Ah, is it possible these engine-idlers are listening to the new lobbying group called American Petroleum Institute whose TV ad is telling us, “We have enough oil to last another 60 years?”  Fools, those lobbyists. (Maybe the leadership of the Institute has no kids – or grandkids. Such a display of intellectual dishonesty. Are you still with me? Read on.)

Consider the real evidence: This from the internationally known petroleum engineer, Paul Newendorp who for years has been saying, “For the last 20 years the world has consumed two barrels of oil for every barrel we’ve found to replace it. “The world’s discovery rate of new oil to replace that being consumed peaked in 1964 and the average annual discovery rate has been declining ever since. “In 2007 the world consumed 31 billion barrels, yet the world energy companies discovered only about 5-7 billion barrels of new oil reserves that year. He continues: “The evidence clearly suggests we are at “peak oil” now, or soon will be. “Thereafter the world’s oil production rate will begin an irreversible decline.”

“We’re sleep walking into the future,” says John Kunstler (The Long Emergency, 2005).
Given that the rest of our local population has the unselfish attitude about the judicious use of what will surely become more expensive non-renewable resource, here is the latest counsel on an engine idling time and when it should be turned off. The research scientist responsible for automotive performance for Consumer Reports Magazine reported the newest evidence (CNN, Saturday, May 31). If you have a fuel-injected engine and it you intend to idle longer 10 seconds, turn it off; for carburetor type engines, 30 seconds or turn it off.

In closing, it might be nice to know an example of a conscientious local fleet user of petroleum products. I want to point out a tax-based, government entity that has developed policies to reduce their petroleum costs and expenses to we taxpayers – Estes Valley Park & Recreation District (EVPRD). Sunday, I observed a young EVPRD seasonal hire, Bryan Wagner, stop at Fisherman’s Nook, got out and immediately turn off his truck to inspect two rubbish cans. That is point one. Point two: Rather than discarding the two black liners (petroleum based), he replaced the contents of second bag into the first and disposed of just one. I checked with Stan Gengler, EVPRD Executive Director, to confirm my impression about the District’s practices. His comment was, “We make a conscious effort to conserve natural resources. We are an environmental agency that recycles, buy recycled plastic products, and make an effort to save natural resources.” That sounds like policy to me.

For me, I give a public commendation to EVPRD and will surely promote their fall bond issue needs if for no other reason than their willingness to reduce the foolishness of unjustified petroleum consumption. Yea for environment leadership and cost reduction programs. I have a granddaughter. Good on ya, Gengler.

Milt Garrett
Estes Park

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