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Energy policy vote

Back in the 70s, there was an oil embargo that forced us to stand in line while seated in our cars waiting to fill our gas tanks. Before this happened, car ads did not tell you how many miles you got to a gallon of gas. After the embargo, car manufacturers, responding to the public’s demand for more miles to a gallon of gas, produced cars with better fuel efficiency. Opening any magazine or newspaper, you could read how many miles a gallon of gas a vehicle got in the city or on the highway. This information is no longer printed in car ads.

Right now we are paying over $2 a gallon, and people don’t seem to mind. As long as there is no inconvenience, people will not demand that the oil and auto industries change their ways. On Wednesday, if the budget before Congress is passed, they will not need to change their ways because the Arctic Refuge and its oil will be open to them.

The Arctic Refuge, along with all national parks, belongs to the American people and should not be given away as payment for financing someone’s election. Our tax dollars support these parks for our enjoyment, not for harvesting. If you want the vote in your favor, contact your representative and let them know that these parks belong to you.

Donna Carlisi

Nevada City

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