February 19, 2010
Let me see if I got this right. Robert Nelson is arguing for opening up ANWR because the oil companies will make lots of money, with the citizens of Alaska and the federal government getting a slice of this poisoned pie as well. Of course, the financial hit that we will all suffer due to the economic, environmental and human consequences of adding more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and compounding our greenhouse gas crisis is not computed in Mr. Nelson's neat arithmetic of profits.
April 5, 2012
There is no reason that the U.S. shouldn't be energy independent in 10 years. Yes, we would have to drill some more, but as Peter Morici points out ("Obama's bad bet," April 3), we would manage the environmental issues much better than others. The geopolitical and economic upside would be enormous. Solar (I do have a solar-powered water heater) and wind can be good supplements, but we have to wean ourselves from being dependent on Middle East and Latin American countries. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville
March 6, 2012
A study of how or whether to allow a controversial drilling method for extracting natural gas in Western Maryland cannot be finished without funding, state officials told lawmakers Tuesday. O'Malley administration officials joined environmentalists in supporting a bill that would pay for their year-old study of hydraulic fracturing by levying a fee on the estimated 150,000 acres leased for gas exploration in Garrett and Allegany counties. Business and oil industry representatives opposed the fee, arguing that it could dampen prospects for drilling to boost the economically depressed region.
March 17, 2012
Gov.Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column on American energy independence is flawed in several respects ("Road to energy independence goes through ANWR and Keystone," March 11). He argues we need to drill for more oil, construct a distribution pipeline and open up more offshore wells. But the fact is that today the U.S. is awash in crude oil, in greater quantities than ever in our history. The problem isn't a shortage of crude oil but our limited capacity to refine it into gasoline, which has led to shortages and high prices.
June 11, 2010
First, there was Katrina, then Haiti, and now the oil spill. The world has been hit with many disasters; this being a huge man-made mistake, and it could have been prevented. In many ways, I believe the spill is the fault of BP. They should have better prepared themselves for this. Yet again, I also believe this issue is in the hands of President Barack Obama. Since it has happened under his watch, it should partially be his responsibility to clean this mess up. The ban on expanding offshore drilling was the right policy.
February 18, 2010
I thought I had heard all of the reasons for oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) until I read Robert H. Nelson's commentary "A missed opportunity on energy" (Feb. 17). After initially making an economic argument, then a quasi-religious argument, Mr. Nelson advanced his rationale for disqualifying ANWR as a protected natural resource. ANWR is not worthy of preservation because A) it has changed geologically and biologically from its original character, and B)