Atlanta letter to the editor: More drilling in the U.S. won’t solve fuel crisis
The following letter to the editor from CCL's Steve Valk was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 25, 2011.
More drilling in the U.S. won’t solve fuel crisis
As front-page stories recently pointed out, the Gulf Coast is still feeling the economic and environmental impact of the BP oil spill one year later. Despite this wake-up call about our dependency on oil, many still clamor for more drilling as the means to solve our energy crisis.
It’s a losing proposition, as new oil is simply sold on the global market (where customers in China and India place increasing demand on supplies). If we’ve learned anything from last year’s disaster, and the current unrest in the Middle East driving up gas prices, it’s that we must end our addiction to oil and other fossil fuels.
Steve Valk, communications director, Citizens Climate Lobby