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'Social Assets vs. Energy Future'

September 17, 1987

Krauthammer's perceptive analysis of the issues involved in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge controversy omitted to mention one that should be of most concern to American consumers: the price they pay for energy.

By throttling development of our petroleum resources, we create an artificial shortage that drives up the price of gasoline, heating oil and jet fuel. Ultimately, these preservationist policies could cost American consumers billions of dollars.

The marginal environmental benefit of locking up ANWR when so many millions of wilderness acres are left untouched simply isn't worth the price.

A. DONALD ANDERSON

Los Angeles

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