Our propane shortage came in part from cold weather, pipeline closures and corn drying.

A less publicized factor is the doubling of propane exports in 2013, from 150,000 barrels per day to 370,000 barrels per day, and continuing to increase (U.S. Department of Energy).

That propane, produced in America, is owned by corporations which sell to the highest bidder - anywhere: "Made through the U.S.A."

This slogan also applies to other fossil fuels. Mining or drilling for them does not make America "energy independent." Their extraction makes fortunes for a few and sacrifices a healthy future for everyone.

We must turn from fossil fuels by choosing conservation and renewable energy. That change would give us true "energy independence," plus a sustainable future.

Bonita A. Underbakke,