Drilling in ANWR
The issue of where to get America’s oil from has been an outstanding issue ever since oil was first founded. The major problem is where we get it from: other countries, where they are getting billions of dollars yearly but yet we are still preserving our own reserves, or our own country, where we can save money and create jobs in areas such as Alaska, that are rich in oil reserves. Drilling for oil in Alaska, especially in the ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) region, has been a highly debated area ever since the start of the 20th century. This is due to the economic and social problems America faces such as, a fragile economy, high rates of unemployment, and a very high national debt. Environmentalists propose that drilling in the ANWR region will harm Alaska’s environment by destroying one of the last pristine places on earth, harm the native animals and wildlife, and that it is in opposition of the Alaskan natives. “Pro-drillers” propose that drilling in ANWR will bring in thousands of jobs, billions of dollars, and not harm the environment or its neighboring wildlife. Both groups and the ideas they bring forward would have major impacts on American economy and lifestyle.
A major concern of environmentalists is the impact and wellbeing of Alaska’s environment. The picture in Source E, gives the impression that we are destroying the last pristine place on Earth for no profit, nor for the good of the people. It makes the idea of drilling in ANWR seem ridiculous and even damaging to the country. However, the comic is misleading. As Doc Hastings, a US Congressman, says in Source A,” The North Slope of ANWR, a tiny section of the 19 million acre refuge, was specifically set aside by President Jimmy Carter and congress for potential energy production. . . We can harness the potential of ANWR by using less than 3% of its acreage.” Their ability to access billions of oil while only using a small percentage of land proves that the “last...
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