Opinion By Thomas Koshy
I recently stopped at a Kingston railroad crossing and counted 110 bomb cars carrying crude oil from Bakken shale in North Dakota, going to New Jersey refineries. By nature, I am not an alarmist, but was concerned about potential accidents. I would rather have this oil flow through our neighborhood underground with less risk. America has to become self-sufficient in oil and gas produced here rather than halfway across the world, where we have to go to war to get it.
Environmentalists like myself insist we should go for alternative energy like solar, wind, biofuel, geothermal, etc. But the transition from dirty to clean energy is not instant. I have solar panels — 98 of them — on my property, generating all my electricity in the last 10 years, and have a hybrid electric car that gets 100 miles per gallon off my own grid.