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The speed trap

August 06, 2008

Re "Slow down, Congress," editorial, July 31

Your shortsighted criticism of Rep. Jackie Speier's legislation to reduce the national speed limit disappoints and astounds me. "Legally feel the wind in our hair" while traveling at high speeds? Does everyone have a convertible? What nonsense.

Our policy to become less dependent on oil should be a many-faceted program. If reducing the speed limit by 5 mph (10 would be better) would save 2% of our gasoline consumption, that would result in our sending billions of dollars less to the oil producers each year.

It doesn't sound like much, but combined with higher fuel efficiency in cars and increased dependence on solar, wind and nuclear energy, we could strand the producers and help bring the price of oil to a reasonable level.

Stan Greenfield

Woodland Hills

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