President Bush, please stay off Alaska. You’re State of the Union address about ending foreign oil dependency and pursuing alternative energy sources is very inspiring, but I hope that quest does not lead you to Alaska. Any growing economy needs to fulfill its energy needs, but I’m sure we can stay off one of the world’s last natural eco system. I hope we haven’t forgotten the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Fiasco. More than 11 million gallons of crude oil were spilled off the coast of Alaska causing irreparable loss to the environment and animals there.
Amongst the alternative fuel sources I hope you look into nuclear fuel. There hasn’t been major nuclear power plants set up after the Three Mile Island disaster of 1979 (followed shortly by Chernobyl), but I’m sure safe nuclear power can be harnessed. All new nuclear plants can be set up far from humanity – this is a big country. I’m sure there are places in New Mexico, Arizona or Texas which would be ideal (people please don’t send me hate mail – I know Texas is God’s own “country”).
The dependence on gas for cars can be offset by further promoting fuel cell research as well as improved hybrid performances. I’m sure the automotive industry, which pumps in a lot of money for lobbying, can be brought around to accept it. If possible get the Hummer banned off the streets, after all smokers are not allowed to smoke in public in quite a few places.
I’m sure your smart advisors have lots of proposals for clean alternative energy sources which don’t involve drilling for oil in Alaska. Human beings have been a very wasteful species; please do not hasten the demise of this planet.
Please Mr. President, won’t you stay off Alaska.