Friday, October 31, 2014

Energy needs

6/11/2014

About a week ago, Gov. Matt Mead, R-Wyoming, traveled to Longview, Washington, to deliberate with elected officials in the state of Washington on issues of the day. Upon his return, I was privileged to ask Mead a question — and beforehand, I noted that I reside in Longview, Texas, although I am a native Kansan and get to the Ottawa area regularly.

I asked Mead what he learned from his trip and what knowledge from it will be used in governmental decision-making? Mead responded to my question by saying the two main topics he discussed were coal — as a continuing and much-needed energy-source throughout the United States — and striving to keep railroad main-lines “open” and clear to ship goods and cargo throughout the nation (from ocean to ocean and from border to border).

About a week ago, Gov. Matt Mead, R-Wyoming, traveled to Longview, Washington, to deliberate with elected officials in the state of Washington on issues of the day. Upon his return, I was privileged to ask Mead a question — and beforehand, I noted that I reside in Longview, Texas, although I am a native Kansan and get to the Ottawa area regularly.

I asked Mead what he learned from his trip and what knowledge from it will be used in governmental decision-making? Mead responded to my question by saying the two main topics he discussed were coal — as a continuing and much-needed energy-source throughout the United States — and striving to keep railroad main-lines “open” and clear to ship goods and cargo throughout the nation (from ocean to ocean and from border to border).

It strikes me as significant that Longview, Washington, and Longview, Texas, and even Ottawa, Kansas, have similar concerns. “Energy” is what keeps America moving. It just goes to show that we do not live in an isolated place.

While I support renewable-energy, I know that the acreage needed for the necessary wind-turbines or solar-panels is so massive that portions of land cannot accommodate it. For the time-being, such existing domestic natural resources as oil, natural gas and hydro-electric plants need to be kept in active service.

Let’s try to keep our focus on what is viable and vital to today’s needs — until new inventions and innovations become feasible and available.

James A Marples,

Longview, Texas

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