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Give our heads a shake

British Columbians need to change their energy mind set.

Dear Editor,

Gas prices in this province have reached unbelievable levels.  Heavy demand for oil in China and political instability in some of the oil-producing countries in the Middle East are said to be to blame.  But that just leads me to wonder why we are allowing ourselves to be controlled by outside forces when we have so many alternative resources available to us here in our own backyard: resources that we ourselves control.

Unlike a lot of other places in the world, we have an abundance of renewable energy potential in this province that could be used to electrify many of the vehicles we drive.  So why are we paying $1.30 a liter when we could be filling up electric cars for mere pennies?  China’s appetite for oil isn’t going to diminish anytime soon, and nor will political instability in the Middle East.  So we need to give our heads a shake and wake up to the alternative energy abundance we have all around us in this province.

Trudy Gordon,

Burnaby, B.C.