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LETTER: Thanks to Victor Joecks for column on fossil fuels

Thanks to Victor Joecks for his Wednesday commentary, “Remember to give thanks for fossil fuels.” Mr. Joecks provided the reader with a detailed analysis as to why we should be thankful for fossil fuels and the benefits they have given to us Americans and the rest of the world.

I especially enjoyed how he pointed out that electric vehicles depend heavily on fossil fuels and how 60 percent of our electricity comes from fossil fuels and 20 percent from nuclear power. The best point he made was to drive home that fossil fuels are “essential to escaping poverty and building wealth.”

The only other point I would add is that, prior to the use of fossil fuels, the world relied quite a bit on whale oil. So, in essence, the discovery of fossil fuels saved the whales.