Letter to the Editor by David Van Winkle
In April 2005, I attended an oil-and-gas conference at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. One speaker talked about this wild idea of mining helium on the moon to use as a fuel for nuclear fusion (the technology that they always say is 50 years away, and has been for 50 years). At the time, I thought that this was the highest-cost energy strategy known to humanity. This speaker was Harrison Schmitt, the current nominee for New Mexico secretary of energy.
I would like to point out to Mr. Schmitt that mining for helium on the moon does not create jobs for New Mexicans. We have a very limited state budget and cannot afford another moon shot. I don’t think that we need an energy secretary who does not have his feet on the ground.