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Oil companies not to blame for all of Maui’s problems

Oh no, our fearless leader claims it’s the big bad oil companies to blame for all of Maui’s problems (“Our County,” Opinion, Nov. 2).

Now, let’s see if I got this right. The cruise ships and trains use diesel oil, airplanes and helicopters use aviation fuel and cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles use gasoline. Tourism and commerce will have to be sacrificed in the name of environmentalism.

Every Maui County vehicle — police cars, fire engines, ambulances and even lawn mowers — use oil to lubricate its engines. Maui Electric Co. even uses diesel oil to make our electricity.

Talk about giving in to the loud vocal minority. I am disappointed in you, Mike. Don’t forget the quiet silent majority out here that put you in office.

Mark Smith

Wailuku