Ian Tuttle’s article on a proposed road through congressionally designated wilderness in Alaska (“Deadly Environmentalism,” June 22) omitted several salient facts.
While people on both sides of the issue respect the emergency-transportation concerns of the residents of King Cove, Alaska, a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge’s wilderness is no solution. It is estimated that driving to the community of Cold Bay would take nearly two hours, if the route were passable. The severe weather Tuttle describes — thick fog, lashing rain, driving snow — would often render the road useless.
By comparison, planes, helicopters, and a hovercraft that was purchased