Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Drilling in the Arctic 1 Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Mindi Barker SCI 207 Professor Kunz June 06, 2011
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Drilling in the National Wildlife Refuge Although we may not want to admit it, offshore drilling in areas such as the arctic is the best possible choice we have to maintain our own well being. It has been mentioned time and time again by environmentalists about how we need to find other new, reliable energy sources, but they often give little help in doing so. In addition, these newer sources take much time to establish and at this point we as a nation cannot sit back and wait for technology to happen, we must strive to use the methods we currently have available to solve the problems that hurt the U.S. in many more ways than one. Therefore, I believe offshore drilling in the arctic region is imperative so that we can remain the dominant force we have been in the past and have other countries look towards us for guidance and help in the future. The starting point of this debate should lie in the fact that we support Iraq more than we support ourselves and this is done through the massive amounts of money we give them for allowing us to import our oil needs. Members of congress debate this same point going as far as to say that we are funding much of Iraq’s reconstruction process. As one representative notes (Lamar & Mankey, 2005) “we should not be paying for Iraqi’s projects while Iraqi reserves continue to pile up in their banks including outrageous profits of $4 a gallon gas prices in the U.S. when Baghdad has a 29 million dollar surplus”. If drilling in the ANWR starts off and is successful there will be no need to further import such commodities which will give us back our money and some of our freedom. Some on lookers would say that we have allowed Iraq to mooch of this government for way too long while others blame us for not using what ours has been all along When looking here we must also consider the desperate need for such oil to be drilled from these places. In these times it will gives our country alternate ways to get the fuels we
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Drilling in the Arctic 3 desperately need to run many phases of our lives. We need these fuels for our automobiles so that all can work and live comfortably. In addition it must be considered the great amount of other machines that require oil products to run. This could very well put a damper on farming abilities and any other production that requires these products to run fruitfully. When all is considered the ability to drill these resources would greatly impact the ability for many aspect of this country to run and thrive. Another pro for the topic of offshore drilling in the ANWR is that it may be beneficial to us on an employment standpoint. If we were to open up this area we would not only be helping ourselves in the long run, but we would now be opening up a variety of jobs here in the U.S.
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This note was uploaded on 07/27/2011 for the course SCI 207 taught by Professor Blume during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.

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