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WE'VE IGNORED LESSONS OF 1973 ENERGY CRUNCH

The headline read: "Allow development of all types of energy."

"Oh, boy," I thought, "This is going to be a good letter, listing alternate energy sources."

Alas, the writer was stuck in the same old rut -- oil, gas, and nuclear. Let's think new. There is solar thermal, geothermal, photovoltaic, biomass producing ethanol, hydro-thermal, hydro-electric (limited potential), and wind (unlimited).

Development on all of these was begun in the oil crunch of 1973, then put on the back burner when oil become plentiful again.

Think where the world would be if development had continued and we could now tell Iraq where to go. Expensive to develop, you say? What do you think a nuclear reactor is?

CAROLYN MEHL
Grand Island

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