How much longer is the American consumer going to accept being used as pawns by the oil and automobile monopolies? With oil magnates in the White House and upper governmental positions, it's no wonder that the price of fuel is going out of sight and will keep climbing until the obscene oil company profits begin to fall. In this period the automobile manufacturers prefer to churn out monstrous heat and pollution generators rather than build fuel efficient vehicles for the public (pawns) to buy. Automobile manufacturers could easily increase their car's gas mileage by adding one or two extra gears in transmissions. Instead, they build econoboxes that look cheap, so the buying public is driven to the high profit margin gas guzzlers.

Farmers are screaming at the high price of diesel fuel and the complaint is invalid as there is an abundant free fuel available for the taking. This won't happen until the American farmer breaks the shackles of the internal combustion engine from their legs and turn to the source of all earthly energy, the sun, for their power needs.

The strange paradox of all this is people complain passively rather than react positively. The American population has forgotten the end result of the Boston Tea Party; freedom and liberty from the shackles of the British crown. Do we enjoy being shackled to the internal combustion engine so much that we are not ready to breathe the heady clean air of freedom from the internal combustion engine's pollution and solid links to the oil and automobile monopolies?

Oklahoma, if it wished, could easily lead the country to freedom from the internal combustion engine by demanding that the legislators either convert the state to solar power or face dismissal as inefficient governmental employees.

M. Ruggia

Enid







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