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Sacrifice for the Greater Good

The loss of World War II would have been a disaster with dire consequences for hundreds of years. The increase of greenhouse gases could bring about the loss of thousands of square miles of land to the rising oceans, the displacement of hundreds of millions of people, and mass starvation.

During World War II, the American public accepted gas rationing so we would have gas for our planes and tanks. The American public should now accept gas rationing to save our planet.

We carpooled, used public transportation, and cut unnecessary driving to a minimum to help our country; we should do the same to help our world. Aside from the environmental impact this step would have, it would also: 1) reduce our dependence on foreign oil from unfriendly nations, 2) delay the exhaustion of our oil reserves, 3) reduce demand and thus lower gas prices, 4) use the saved money to help fund social security, healthcare, infrastructure, alternative energy, personal retirement funds, and more, and 5) reduce the traffic congestion on America’s busiest highways. The result of several of these benefits would be to lower—or at least slow—the growth of the rising costs of manufactured products, building, and food.

It is my sincere hope that a movement will develop that will inspire the American people—and therefore embolden American politicians—to ration our fuel. Throughout history, Americans have stepped up and sacrificed for the greater good. The stakes are higher than ever, and I sincerely hope that we can collectively make the right choice.

Richard Conner ’49
Vineland, N.J.

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