The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Summary

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James Overman POLS 131 Bowers The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Summary With only a small fraction of the world’s population the United States uses approximately 25 percent of the oil produced world wide. The United States wants to tap in to oil reserves found in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. This could help lower the cost of oil but will not do much to curb our still growing appetite for it. The 5.4 billion barrels of oil available here is less that what we use in a year here in the States. Unfortunately, it will take decades to get use of that amount. In the case that oil drilling does happen it would take at least ten years to see it, if it were to begin immediately. Its being said that efficiency standards will allow us to save more oil than what is available
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Unformatted text preview: in the refuge. The oil there will not lower gas prices, as the world market and countries with more oil set them. Any oil development here will damage the home to countless wild species. The exploration of this oil would disrupt much of the nature in this region and others with increased usage throughout the state. The goal to lose Americas need for oil should be based on efficiency and smarter energy policies. Drilling here would only insignificantly impact the U.S. oil market and would take so long that the damage far outweighs the saving it does for the U.S. and its energy needs. The Arctic Refuge may produce about ten percent of what raising the fuel efficiency standard for cars and trucks will....
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