There are hundreds of land oil spills in Alaska every year. *They are VERY hard to clean up. *That doesn't even count the other toxic emissions that the oil companies dump into the water and onto the land. *They aren't even required to report them, thanks to our current office-holders. *But the native peoples in the area DO report them. Oil companies and big corporations are historically VERY bad corporate citizens. Bhopal? *Exxon Valdez, anyone?
National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, State Parks, etc. should be held inviolate. They are a sacred trust with the people of this country...not things to be ruined for corporate interests.
And, according to the US Geological survey...the most oil ANWR could produce is 16 billion bbls. *That's it. *That ain't poop. *It's not going to even put a tiny chink in the wall of oil-dependancy. *
One Alaskan pipeline had a major land based leak because some idiot shot a hole in it.
If only our government would raise the CAFE standards of SUV's, requiring them to get just 3 or 5 more mpg... *This would do the same thing as the things you suggested..but of course, we can't be doing nothing that gets in the way of corporate profit, can we?
The good news is that the sales of SUV's has peaked and is starting to go down. *So when the price of gasoline gets up to about $4.50/gallon, I guess it won't matter. the SUV's will be gone. Where is it written that in America...we MUST have cheap gasoline?
Lauderdale, I don't need gps, I have maps, and Mapquest and Yahoomaps, and since one can buy gps devices in hand-held form, I don't see how their presence in a car would cause it to use more gasoline. They run off of batteries. *I've used GPs devices to monitor and pinpoint the location of endangered plant species, for cripe's sake. *They weren't hooked up to a gasoline engine. *That would be kind of inconvenient.
I don't need a cd player either, and don't have one, and as far as I know, that runs off the battery, too. Nor do I have a DVD player in my vehicle. *I have cassette and radio. *They're run off the battery. *They apply almost no load to the engine, from what I've been told. *
Air conditioning I DO need, (which IS run off the engine itself, and does have an effect on MPG) as I have a medical condition(MS) that requires that I avoid hot weather in general, and over-heating. For instance, I don't go outside at all on hot summer days. *I do use the A/C sparingly, and only on the hottest days when stuck in traffic. *If I'm moving...it's windows down. April