I was pleased to see your story, “Gulf disaster renews debate over Arctic spill” (newstribune.com, 4-22) finally address the very real problems and risks of drilling in the Arctic. Despite oil industry claims, the risk of a major spill in the Arctic is no less than it was in the Gulf of Mexico, though a cleanup would prove to be substantially more difficult, if not impossible.
Already the Arctic is paying the price of our fossil fuel habit. North Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the lower 48. The people of the North Slope are seeing the loss …