- Waller deemed competent to stand trial (1/11/17)5
- Young Elvis impersonator from Bernie performs on 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' (1/12/17)
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)7
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Two men shot after argument; houses also struck by bullets (1/12/17)21
- 113 drug tests at Jackson High net one instance of illicit usage (1/11/17)15
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)2
- Two Cape men recovering after shooting (1/13/17)
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
Look to renewable alternatives
To the editor:
As Americans feel the squeeze of high fuel prices, many politicians argue that offshore drilling is the answer to America's energy crisis.
Unfortunately, they are sadly mistaken. Lifting the congressional moratorium on offshore drilling will not provide immediate relief from soaring gas prices.
In fact, the few cents you might save per gallon would take about 10 years to trickle down to your pocketbook.
America holds roughly 3 percent of the world's oil reserves and consumes about eight times that.
Offshore drilling increases the likelihood of oil spills placing marine habitats in peril, exacerbates America's addiction to oil without solving it and allows Big Oil to continue to bank record profits.
Even the nonpartisan U.S. Energy Information Administration agrees that offshore drilling would have little to no effect on gas prices, even a decade from now.
Experts agree that we must make a radical shift in our energy policy within the next 10 years to avoid the serious problems posed by global warming.
Coincidentally, this is how long before offshore drilling could have any impact on gas prices.
Moreover, the greenhouse-gas emissions associated with offshore drilling create environmental problems that cannot be measured monetarily.
We cannot simply drill our way to energy independence.
When simplistic solutions that create environmental catastrophe are proposed to solve complex problems, we should recognize them for what they are and reject them in favor of genuine solutions.
Rather than support a destructive fuel technology with more drilling, we should move toward clean, renewable alternatives.
ADAM GOHN, Cape Girardeau