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Petrol crisis is a lesson for us all

Letters

After this week of mayhem and chaos about petrol deliveries I hope that once some kind of normality has returned, we learn some serious and longlasting lessons from the whole experience:

It seems that we have become hopelessly dependent upon the flow of hydrocarbons from oilfield to petrol pump.

Any break in the fragile chain will quickly lead to almost total collapse of our society's infrastructure.

Surely we need to restructure to break this dependence. This means changes to where we live in relation to where we work, or where we purchase life's necessities. Long distance commuting by car and out-of-town shopping depend on the ready availability of fuel.

We need to try to break this slavish devotion to the private car and consider that public transport is a viable, cost effective, future-proof means of travel.

From recent news it seems that I am on my own in thinking that we are paying roughly the right price for our petrol. But we need to recognise that the price of fuel should reflect the cost of congestion, risk to life and limb, pollution and the waste of the planet's irreplaceable natural resources.

David Hodgson David.Hodgson@Halliburton.com

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