- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I like and admire Al Gore, agree with him that global warming is a threat to the world and, despite my continuing registration in the Republican Party and misgivings about his liberalism, think the nation and the world would be better today if he had been elected president in 2000 (“Gore introduces green challenge to U.S.,” Nation, Friday). I sharply part company with him, however, in his fervent push to ban drilling for oil offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Our national energy emergency is radically changing our lives. It is a grave security threat. We must recognize that no one solution will resolve the matter; rather, it will take a multipronged initiative, bipartisanship and compromise, qualities that are in short supply among our elected officials, particularly as we approach a key general election.

Drilling for more oil is one critical remedy, one that many analysts think would have an immediate psychological effect in bringing down the price of oil even though oil would not flow from new drilling projects for some period of years.

If Democrats and Republicans continue to stand pat in their limited solutions to the energy disaster, the “my way or the highway” approach, we are doomed.

It is time for Mr. Gore and others in positions of authority who care about the United States and our future to get off the dime and bring comprehensive, real answers to a public that looks to them for leadership.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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