TO THE EDITOR:
While my undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering provides me with great admiration for technical innovation, it also helps me sift politically driven declarations from practical reality. I therefore view much of the global scramble to end the internal combustion era with great skepticism.
I was surprised and disappointed that Keith Crain's Aug. 14 column ("It might be a very smart idea") declared, "Make no mistake, in the next couple of decades, several countries will outlaw gasoline and diesel fuel." I defer to his expertise on the near- and medium-term outlook for the auto industry. However, since I have studied and been paid to write about the energy sector for more than three decades, I respectfully disagree that I will be making a mistake to reject his assumption.
I do not believe that any country will ban the sale of gasoline — in 2025, 2030, 2040 or any other time this century. Not Norway or France or the European Union in total, or any other country now parading its environmental virtue. I urge Crain and the entire Automotive News team to defend all fuel options for cars and trucks. Defending individual choice may not be a high priority for many elite-led countries, but it should remain a bedrock for American independence.
THOMAS LOGIE, Director of research, Global Investment Research Inc. Danbury, Conn. Global Investment Research provides independent macroeconomic research to professional money managers.