I heard on the radio that, after years of being protected, the Alaska Arctic Wild-life Refuge has now been opened for drilling. I understand that people need jobs and energy security, but drilling in wild life refuges is the epitome of enabling Americans to enjoy their ultimate addiction- oil. When people say that that drilling is a solution, I often wonder to what problem. Getting more oil won't make it less finite. We're still going to be dependent on a substance that will run out and that has been proven to have disastrous affects on our environment.It's a quick fix, and I'd love lower gas prices as much as anyone, but we (myself included) really need to change the way we think about wants and needs. Gas, and I hate to see it, may need to become a luxury, not a necessity. I'd love to drive to see my friend, but if I don't have a tank of gas, I can't go just like I can't go if i don't have a car. Any money people would pump into drilling should be pumped into research for alternate sources of energy, and public transportation, and making the transition from driving just for fun to driving only when absolutely necessary easier. We don't just need to break our dependence on foreign oil, we need to break our dependence on oil. Period.