People who have been conditioned by new media, schools and universities, including many who rely on the "green movement" for their livelihoods, continue to view fossil fuels as a source of energy as something bad, and continue their assault on these sources. John Hoffmire’s piece, “Why we must take energy poverty seriously” (July 21), points out clearly the consequences of living without an adequate supply of electrical energy.

Our very civilization depends on a reliable supply of electrical energy, including the use of cell phones, computers and all the other modern "necessities.” Without it, many will not survive. We need to be judicious in our use of energy. However, a warning to those who think global warming can be solved by shutting down our use of fossil fuels: there is another side to the coin, and that may be much worse than what we have now.

Harry Haycock