According to the International Energy Annual Report of the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2003 the U.S., with 4.5 percent of the world's population, consumed 23 percent of the world's energy. If every country consumed at the same rate as the U.S. consumes, we would have to have nine more worlds to meet the demand.

Today, as Asia develops, the U.S. is facing even stiffer competition for the energy resources outside the U.S, because these oil and natural gas resources are controlled by countries with different agendas. Unless we want multiple Iraqs, we must recognize that we cannot just outbid other users. We have no choice but to find solutions through conservation and U.S. produced renewable energy. It is time to take renewable energy seriously.

DAVID S. SHANNON

Hammond

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