Sunday, April 10, 2011

The World of oil

MercuryNews.Com eEdition / Subscriber ServicesMobile Mobile Alerts RSSHome News breaking newsobituariescrime and courtsbay area newsdata centerscienceearthquakespolitics / governmentcalifornianation / worldspecial reports Latest Peninsula news Peninsula POWERED BY Latest Peninsula news Peninsula readers' letters: April 9 From Daily News Group readers Posted: 04/08/2011 04:09:49 PM PDTUpdated: 04/08/2011 11:25:31 PM PDTIt's all about the oil Dear Editor: U.S. law professor David Crane informed The Times of London that prosecutors intended to charge Moammar Gadhafi, who Crane said is "ultimately responsible for the mutilation, maiming and/or murder of 1.2 million people."But the charge was not to be. The United States, United Kingdom and others intervened to block it. Asked why, Crane said: "Welcome to the world of oil. It is America that has really made Gadhafi -- her money and her need for oil. What the West seeks is what Bush announced: control, or at least dependable clients, and in the case of Libya, access to vast unexplored areas expected to be rich in oil.Without petroleum oil, all these cars wouldn't be possible and all these people wouldn't be getting killed in them, all these trucks wouldn't be belching black smoke polluting the atmosphere. Petroleum oil is what really caused the Industrial Revolution. It seems to me that instead of a blessing, petroleum oil has become a curse to the world. Ted Rudow III, MA Palo Alto

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