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Peter Cannavó, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Government

Peter F. Cannavò, assistant professor of government, received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000, an M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 1992, and an A.B. from Harvard University in 1986. He is the author of The Working Landscape: Founding, Preservation, and the Politics of Place (MIT Press, July, 2007), in which he examines the conflict between development and preservation as a major factor behind our contemporary crisis of place. Cannavò's work and teaching are in areas of political theory, environmental politics, and ethics and public policy.

political theory, environmental politics, ethics and public policy

"Drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or in the Outer Continental Shelf is not a solution to high gasoline prices. Drilling will not affect supplies for decades to come, and it will have a minimal impact on price when drilling becomes operational in these areas. The more fundamental problem, however, with drilling is that it only extends our dependence on fossil fuels, a nonrenewable resource that fosters geopolitical conflict and contributes to a number of serious environmental problems, especially climate change. Furthermore, drilling itself is environmentally damaging. The current energy crisis presents an opportunity for conservation and the development of alternative energy sources - wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear, and tidal - and it would be foolish to try to drill our way out of the problem."

— Peter Cannavó