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December 9, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Rock-bottom gas prices

Paul Sakuma / The Associated Press

Gas prices have dipped to their lowest point in nearly three years.

Adapt to the times

Editor, The Times:

How sad it is that humans seem destined to run in circles, forever tripping over the mistakes of the past [“SUVs: They’re baaack,” Motoring, Dec. 5].

Are the $4-per-gallon gas prices of just a few months ago merely a distant memory? Fossil fuels are finite resources; today’s prices are artificially low considering the costs (social, political and environmental) involved in procuring and using such resources.

Gas prices will spike again as the depletion of petroleum deposits continues. The state of the U.S. auto market, with its thousands of unsold SUVs, provides a glaring example of the consequences of failing to adapt to the times.

America’s oil addiction will be cured only through changing our entire paradigm concerning the use of fossil fuels and opening our minds to alternative sources of energy. “Bringing baaack” the SUV is a step in the wrong direction.

— Sarah Washburn, Seattle

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