- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham´s comment that the Bush administration would not go “begging the OPEC countries or anybody else” to increase oil production as long as the United States has untapped reserves are refreshing (“Abraham: Bush not OPEC´s beggar,” Nation, March 26). It is about time that a responsible U.S. official underline the need to look out for American interests. Other nations seem to have no problem doing so.

Like many, I would like to see Alaska´s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remain unspoiled. However, if that would mean submitting to extreme OPEC-driven gasoline and heating oil prices, then some modest drilling must be allowed. Reckless drilling is not in the interest of petroleum companies. I believe that wildlife and the American public can be served simultaneously.


JOSEPH C. FENRICK JR.

Capitol Heights, Md.


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