November 23, 2012

Regarding the Nov. 21 Metro article “Harboring hope on Tangier Island”:

It is sadly ironic that an Army Corps of Engineers official, visiting Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay with Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), acknowledged, “You can’t fight nature — eventually the island will be submerged.”

While on the visit, Mr. McDonnell announced plans to spend millions of dollars to build a jetty to delay Tangier’s disappearance. But the governor and other Virginia politicians, including Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Jim Webb (D) and Sen.-elect Tim Kaine (D), are ignoring nature’s clear signals when they push to open Virginia’s coast to oil drilling.

Our politicians need to face up to the reality that burning fossil fuels is the major cause of global warming and the resulting sea-level rise, more frequent and severe storms, and immeasurable economic damage.

Virginia needs to exploit its tremendous capacity for offshore wind, not drill for oil.

Seth Heald, Alexandria