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Domestic drilling won’t end oil crisis

Brian Davis is skeptical about blaming rising gas prices on the war in Iraq. In fact, the inflation-adjusted price of gas was $1.59 per gallon in 1970, and $1.52 per gallon in 2003 at the beginning of the Iraq war.

I do not believe it is a coincidence that the price doubled by 2007 to a yearly average of $3.26 per gallon.

Davis believes we have an oil supply problem to be solved by drilling away with little real gain in environmentally fragile areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America’s coastal areas. At the same time, Davis ignores the global-warming crisis, because he does not accept that it is a problem.

We need alternatives to oil, not just alternatives to foreign oil. The higher gas mileage standards recently approved by Congress and President Bush, but opposed by Davis, will save enough oil by 2030 to replace all the oil currently imported from the Persian Gulf.

In addition, we must attack the fossil fuel energy problem with investment and innovation with the same vigor America displayed when faced with the Great Depression, the Second World War and the exploration of space.

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Greg Caucutt

Rochester

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