Article published on September 12, 2005
Building more refineries not the answer to gas shortages
I can not believe that some people are trying to use the disruption of the oil industry in the Gulf region as a reason to build more oil refineries and to drill off the coast of Florida.
This will only increase our dependence on non-renewable, polluting energy sources. That is how we got into this mess in the first place.
I know that nobody likes paying $3 for a gallon of gas, but it is folly to assume that increasing our dependence on fossil fuels will solve our energy problems. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.
We need to focus on conservation to get us through this crisis in the short run and on renewable, non-polluting alternative energy sources to solve our energy needs in the long run.
- Angelo Villagomez