Energy-economy link

Your editorial "The energy-economy link" (OGJ, Dec. 17, 2001, p. 17) has some terminology that is undoubtedly and unnecessarily offensive to many, probably most people. Writing about the prospect for oil and gas leasing on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, you refer twice to "hikers and gawkers." Land on which nothing can happen except hiking and gawking produces no jobs, no income…" and "…ANWR's bleak coastal plaine… its few hikers and gawkers." I passionately agree with your intent; this part of ANWR should be opened to the industry for many reasons, one of which is that it is really not pristine, another that the industry has demonstrated ...

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