De Lamar Gibbons blames environmentalists for "stifling our nuclear energy development," blocking drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and foolishly making ethanol and oil from corn and sunflower seeds (Readers' Forum, July 17).

No new nuclear power plants have been built since 1973, primarily due to costs (approximately $4 billion per plant), fear of a meltdown, concern about increased cancer rates of people living in the vicinity of a reactor and the 1 billion gallons of water needed annually for a plant.

Henry Ford designed the "Model T" expecting it would run on ethanol made from renewable biological materials. Then along came gasoline. Search the Web for his hemp car, made from hemp fiber, which ran on ethanol made from hemp. Hemp is an annually renewable plant.

Patsy Washburn

Salt Lake City