News : Alternative energy advocate: Force people to "pay true cost of fossil fuel"

Mar 29, 2010

 Featured in the Portsmouth Herald

RYE — According to Seacoast business owners like Rich Pettigrew of Seaport Fish Wholesale and Retail in Rye, an oil spill off New England's coast would affect more than just what's living in the ocean; its inky cloud would also cast a shadow on the tourism and fishing industries.

Pettigrew participated in a discussion Wednesday at Saunders at Rye Harbor restaurant about the Spill of National Significance exercise being conducted off the coast of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts this week. Green Alliance project director Sarah Brown and area businesses with a vested interest in alternative energy also spoke on the need for legislation that would support a move toward clean energy sources like wind, solar and biodiesel.

Wednesday marked the 21st anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that dumped 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.

Brown said her goal is to reduce fossil fuel use by 25 percent, not to eliminate its use immediately. She called on New Hampshire and Maine senators to pass legislation that would force people to "pay the true cost of fossil fuel" and give incentives to businesses that invest in alterative energy. Read the full story here!