Gasoline prices are hurting us all, but particularly those who depend on driving for their livelihood. It is especially hard to swallow these gas prices when companies like Exxon-Mobil report quarterly profits exceeding $11 billion — the largest profits ever by a U.S. corporation. The answer to our energy crisis is not turning over more land to these corporations.



Gasoline prices are hurting us all, but particularly those who depend on driving for their livelihood. It is especially hard to swallow these gas prices when companies like Exxon-Mobil report quarterly profits exceeding $11 billion — the largest profits ever by a U.S. corporation. The answer to our energy crisis is not turning over more land to these corporations.
Companies like Exxon-Mobil and their lobbyists are merely using the price of a barrel of oil to advance their own greed. Reminds one of the tobacco companies and their lobbyists who made millions while denying the health risks of smoking.
This country needs an energy policy that frees us of oil and gas dependency. There is so much readily available to us and we are not being encouraged to use it. While conservation is certainly not the only answer we should be encouraged to conserve.
I lived in Arizona for 19 years and lobbied my senators and congressman for most of those years for an energy policy that included tax credits for the purchase and use of solar energy.
Lots of sun in Arizona! But nothing from my elected officials, not even encouragement to build solar oriented homes (homes which face north-south instead of east-west, which in Arizona would save millions in energy).
Yes, I am one who is fighting to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northernmost Alaska from oil drilling.
Is the fight just about the environment, preserving a caribou herd or millions of migratory birds or the much endangered polar bear, saving the Gwich’in native people and their centuries-old lifestyle?
No, it is also about preserving the heritage of this great nation so beautifully stated in “America the Beautiful.” From “sea to shining sea” we are a country of “spacious skies,” “purple mountains majesty” and “amber waves of grain.” This inspiring and patriotic song also asks God to “confirm thine soul in self control” and “shed his grace on thee till selfish gain no longer stain the banner of the free!”
It is the wholeness of this country that makes us great, from landing on the moon to the brave men and women who fight our wars and to Teddy Roosevelt saving the beauty of our land. It is all our heritage to preserve when we can, and we can!
We do not have to settle for second-best for we are a great nation capable of anything. Let us continue to preserve our lands while we energize ourselves to create our own energy that does not require the permanence of a footprint of oil wells and oil spills. We have our energy needs at our fingertips whether it be sun, wind, hydrogen, or a variety of hybrid ingenuity, and a combination of it all.
Oil companies already have 95 percent of Alaska coastline. And, if you think “well, why not drill more?” then I ask you to consider what part of Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon or the Great Smokey Mountains or the Ozark National Scenic Riverways would you be willing to give up if oil were discovered there and we were still in an energy crisis?
We need solutions and plans and not fingers in a dike.
Judy Bassnett
Camdenton