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A recent article in The Union discussed Rep John Doolittle, who was disappointed that Congress is delaying approval of oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He said “the (Refuge) would provide relief to all of us who are suffering the high cost of fuel.”

When are we as a society going to wake up and realize that the answer to our energy crisis is to support the development of alternative fuels, rather than find more petroleum?

A recent article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine about all the health changes that have occurred in the last decade directly as a result of climate changes brought on by burning fossil fuels. These include quadrupling of asthma rates, thousands dying in record heat waves in the U.S. and Europe, and unprecedented spread of certain infectious diseases. The author, who is the director of the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, says “preventing (climate-related ills) would require halting the extraction, mining, transport, refining, and combustion of fossil fuels”a transformation that many experts believe would have innumerable health and environmental benefits and would help stabilize the climate.”

Our survival depends on this transformation.

Christine Newsom

Nevada City