HUM – 111 Week 2 Assignment
Throughout his presidential campaign, and since taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama has pushed forward his agenda to free America from dependency on foreign oil. A growth of green jobs is predicted in the coming years as new technologies, such as solar power and clean coal, are pursued and expanded. Meanwhile, many people and opposing politicians believe this is an unnecessary and expensive push. They state we could just continue drilling off the Gulf Coast, Alaska, and other areas within our country that are currently not being explored.
Write a paper of approximately 500 words in which you do the following:
Decide which side you agree with the most.
Explain what key habits are hindering your thinking when looking at the opposing view and defending your own. Describe what you can do to overcome those habits that are hindering your thinking.
Actually, the politicians pushing to drill in Alaska and off the Gulf Coast have the same basic goal in mind, to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Most of those are also pushing to increase the use of nuclear energy as part of the plan, which the Obama administration is not in support of like some of the other politicians.
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, is about 19 million acres of north Alaskan coast. Much of the debate over to drill or not to drill rests on the amount of cost-effectively recoverable oil, as it relates to oil markets weighed against the possible harm oil discovery may have on the natural wildlife, for instance the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou. If ANWR had been opened in 1995, it would have been on line for 5 years now, cutting our need for foreign oil by about 20% per year. Instead, it is at least 10 years away from production, even if it was approved today.
Alternative energy is great, except for the major fact that none of it is truly a feasible option for today’s technology. Despite those that tirade...
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