Do you think we should drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ? Why or why not
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR ) has been one of the most debated issues over national energy policy within the last 25 years . Personally , I believe that drilling in ANWR should not be allowed . The disadvantages far outweigh the benefits we are supposed to gain from this endeavor . Petroleum development in this protected habitat not only affects the environment , it also undermines the very essence of environmental conservation and sets back mankind ‘s advancements [banner_entry_middle]
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ANWR is a wildlife refuge ‘ for a reason – it is considered one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the Alaskan North Slope Environmentalists estimate that the refuge has one of the largest concentrations of onshore polar bears in the world , and is home to a diverse array of animal species . Acquiring resources can significantly impact the environment in the region , and these impacts and risks are so significant that the government should not allow oil production and exploration in the area
In the wake of the September 11 attacks , dependence on foreign petroleum supplies has been a recurring theme in the national scene . Proponents for drilling argue that oil in ANWR could add to our domestic supplies and lessen the country ‘s reliance on foreign supplies . However , this purported benefit is projected to be very minimal
While assessments indicate that ANWR is likely have significant amounts of oil , drilling in ANWR would not solve our energy problems in the long term . Also , the refuge is estimated to supply only 1-2 percent of the our needs is not worth the threat to the refuge . Other alternatives like developing more energy-efficient cars or tapping alternative energy resources should be considered first… [banner_entry_footer]
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