How do you think we, as students, should react to the elections? Should we assume President George W. Bush has full control or should we act as democratic citizens?
In reaction to Sept. 11, 2001, Bush has called for more domestic energy consumption, particularly drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The position is that America needs to decrease its dependence on foreign oil. This can be a patriotic position, but the reality is that there is a limited amount of fossil fuels in this Earth. Increasing fuel efficiency and using alternative sources of fuel is the direction we must be taking. This strategy is cheaper, faster, cleaner for the environment and increases competition and innovation, thus improving the economy. Bush's plan makes our energy system more vulnerable to terrorism by severing foreign relations and creating oil fields and pipelines as targets.
Drilling in ANWR is not needed. I ask you to use your democratic right. Spread the word to friends and call your Congressman. With continuous and pronounced pressure, change occurs. It is easier than you think. Bush may be president, but we have control.
Senior, health and exercise science