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September 15, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Oil exports: Looks for a long-term solution in electric vehicles

The U.S. should not allow our oil to be exported to other countries [“Want lower gas prices? Export more U.S. oil, study says,” Nation & World, Sept. 9].

We don’t have enough oil for our own needs. We have to buy more than $300 billion of oil a year from abroad, half from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

The U.S. has around 2 percent of the world’s oil. We cannot compete on a long-term basis, and we shouldn’t try.  When we increase oil trade and infrastructure, it strengthens oil-producing regimes.

Unfortunately, we pay trillions to protect foreign oil and shipments, sometimes, funding both sides of the War on Terror.

There is an alternative. I just watched them at Pacific Raceways in Oregon: electric cars and trucks and motorcycles from amateurs’ garages and major companies.

Redesigning cars is as American as apple pie. Let’s mass-produce electric vehicles  that are competitive and popular around the world, with charging stations and electric panels.

If the oil industry had to tack some of the cost of defending foreign oil onto prices at the pump, demand for electric cars and trucks would rise. Meeting that demand would create new jobs, profits and a stronger America.

Louise Stonington, Seattle

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