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To Drill Or Not To Drill In The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

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Not to drill-The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most extraordinary places on earth. Located in the northeast corner of Alaska, the Arctic Refuge is home for one of America's largest caribou herds, polar and grizzly bears, wolves and arctic foxes, musk oxen and Dall sheep, and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. (Debbie S. Miller, Feb. 1999)

The native Gwich'in people rely on this Porcupine caribou herd as key part of their culture and for sustenance. In addition, the refuge is a stop over point for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. Finally, great relics from the ice age, musk oxen, still grace this place that U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientists call a complete spectrum of arctic and sub arctic ecosystems in our nation, and the only one protected for future generations. (Authors not listed, April 2003)

The Arctic refuge would provide less than a six-month supply of oil. (The Ozone Hole Inc, no date)

The Arctic refuge would not reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. (The Ozone Hole Inc, no date)

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney says, “Drilling for oil and gas would disturb just 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of the 19-million-acre (7.7-million-hectare) Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.” (The Ozone Hole Inc, no date)

 

To drill-Our fuel and energy prices are TOO high and the ANWR oil will help to lower them.

We can't rely on foreign countries so much for our energy supply. We have to be "energy independent!"

If we truly want to be energy independent, we need to look toward renewable sources, NOT expanded oil drilling. (Sierra Pell, May 2002)

 

What do you think we should do?