After reading "The Race for the Arctic" [October 13-20], I had to laugh at the irony of the whole thing. We are seeing the effects of global warming worsening every year, yet we still just don't get it. The burning of fossil fuels is part of what's causing the ice in the Arctic to melt. We can't wait to drill for more oil. With an already tense relationship with Russia, we now have to butt heads in a new part of the world? In a time when everyone is talking about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, we should be looking at how we can reduce our dependence on oil as a whole. Instead of salivating at the thought of more oil in our backyard, we should see the warning signs such as the ice melt as a wake up call to free ourselves from the addiction to fossil fuels.
San Jose, Calif.
"The Race for the Arctic" concerned me. A new era of oil and gas exploration, new shipping routes, mining opportunities, diamonds, and gold sound like a "divide and conquer" strategy for the war on the environment, the one war we seem to be winning.
Center Sandwich, N.H.