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Monday, April 11, 2005

'Blood and Oil' author: ANWR is no answer

Michael T. Clare, author of the book "Blood and Oil," writes in Sunday's Pittsburgh Tribune Review that America's energy policy is a "blueprint for bondage" because it increases our dependence on foreign oil.

He calls ANWR drilling a "sideshow" from the real issues being ignored by the administration. These are the need for much tougher fuel-effiencity standards for cars, and major commitments to alternative fuels.

ANWR's significance to the nation's oil supply is minimal now, he writes, and will become even more insignificant in the future because our thirst for oil is only expected go grow.

"The question we need to ask is not, 'Should we drill in ANWR?' but, 'What, besides drilling in ANWR, is the Bush administration doing to reduce our reliance on imported petroleum?' The answer, unfortunately, is virtually nothing."

Klare is director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College and also a defense analyst for The Nation and NPR. His book "Blood and Oil" was published last year.

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