Your editorial (“Energy-dependent forever?” Feb. 16) defended drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by using propaganda often cited by oil industries and recently parroted by Gov. Sarah Palin.
…The amount of refuge land that would be affected by oil development is far more than the figure quoted. Industrial development would require roads, gravel pits, pipelines and air landing strips that would spread across the entire coastal plain of the refuge. To say that oil development’s impact will be contained to 2,000 acres is like saying a car’s only impact is restricted to the area where its wheels touch the road.