Have we lost to the lunacy of the Luddites? Harry Reid, Democratic Senate majority leader, says, "Oil makes us sick and coal makes us sick." That's about as goofy as Bill Clinton saying, "We can't have mines everywhere," when he locked up the cleanest burning coal deposit in North America.

Drill here, drill now. The Chinese are slant drilling off the coast of Cuba nearer to our shores than Congress permits from our country.

Mine here, mine now. Even Europe and Middle Eastern countries are building coal-fired power plants.

Build here, build now. Only two of the 15 European countries comply with Kyoto, and they get most of their power from nuclear.

Jim Jensen

Midvale