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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2010 file photo, oil refineries are shown in this aerial view, in Deer Park, Texas.

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2010 file photo, oil refineries are shown in this aerial view, in Deer Park, Texas.

David J. Phillip, File, Associated Press

Steve Fillerup, in his recent letter, in my opinion got one thing right ("Republican radicals?" Feb. 26). The definition of a Republican "radical" is in the eye of the beholder.

It is unfortunate our "enlightened" president has to take drastic steps to get our country out of the "drastic" mess he inherited from the previous president. The delay in building the Keystone XL pipeline to bring Canadian tar sands oil to the U.S. will be solved soon. The pipeline will not lower gas prices. It will mean more oil will be exported (See "More domestic production won't make gas cheaper," Feb. 5).

Oil fields scattered across North Dakota, Colorado, Texas and California will, by 2015, yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day, more than the entire Gulf of Mexico produces now ("New drilling method opens vast oil fields in U.S.," Feb.10). The U.S. is on pace to export more gasoline, diesel and jet fuel than any other single export.

If somebody thinks we can drill our way out of the high gas prices, that person doesn't understand the supply-and-demand way these things work. I just can't see the big oil companies flooding the U.S. market with gas to drive the price down when they can get top dollar for their gas overseas. The thirst of China and India for fuel will suck up every gallon of fuel we can send them. We need to use less fuel here, at home, and buy more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Don C. Cunningham

Fruit Heights