Actually thinking on a scale outside oneself

08/12/2014 7:08 AM

08/13/2014 8:55 AM

Re "Fuel supply only going down" (Letters, Aug. 12): Victor de Vlaming writes in his letter that fuel costs should go up in California through cap-and-trade as fossil fuels are becoming more rare. He, and many like him, apparently feel that Californians should lead by example and artificially raise the price of fuels at the local California level to save the world from depleting energy supplies. He calls it "time to think on a scale larger than oneself."

I call that thinking narrow and typical of those who fail to understand world economics. Let's get real here. California does not, and should not, pretend to control world energy costs at my expense. The costs of fossil fuels are determined on the world market, of which we are but a part.

Trust me, when fuels truly become more rare, the world will react without your help.

-- Lon Kurtzman, Folsom

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