I nearly fell off my chair last night in disbelieve over what I was reading in a flyer sent by our congressman Henry E. Brown. Listed as a “Common sense step that every American can take to help solve our nation’s gas and energy crisis” was “eat cold food instead of warming every meal, especially leftovers.” Is no one in Congress taking our energy crisis seriously?? Eating sandwiches instead of soup is going to solve our dependence on foreign oil? Our politicians are quick to tell us that we have the highest standard of living in the world. Having traveled to Europe many times now over 30 or more years, that’s simply not true. Not only do other countries afford a very comfortable middle class lifestyle, they far exceed our ability to deliver health care and energy independence. Countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Brazil are world leaders in both renewable energy and alternative fuels and have been working hard at the issue since the 1970’s. Our leadership has failed us on energy issues and I for one cannot be placated by tips such as eating cold food and keeping my tires inflated properly. I’m off to nuke a lean cuisine.