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A world without fossil fuels

I enjoyed Mike Tidwell's article on phasing out carbon fuels in favor of renewable energy sources ("Forecast calls for pain,", Feb. 6). Taxing carbon is the best way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Having lived and traveled in Germany, I know that the U.S. is way behind in green living and sustainability. In Germany renewable energy is booming. Many people commute via mass transit, trains offer the option to go anywhere in Europe, and bicycling is very popular. Organic stores are everywhere, and everything is recycled so people don't consume as much.

By contrast, we Americans drive our cars too much, consume too much and waste too much. We eat too much fast food and get too little exercise.

Most people are afraid of change, however, Perhaps environmentalists need to talk more about what life would really be like without fossil fuels, since most people can't imagine what that would really mean.

Roland Oehme, Baltimore

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