At the same time, rising oil prices could make the refuge a more tempting target. Massive oil discovery in Alaska But there's no guarantee the oil industry will rush up to Alaska if Congress acts.
Furthermore, oil or gas was produced in 45 of the units located in 15 states.
Short-term gains cannot justify long-term devastation, and the kinds of environmental threats posed to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if drilling occurs there may very well be irreparable and irrevocable.
Thus, the potential ultimate oil recovery and potential yearly production are highly uncertain. For now, the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge looks to be as uncertain as ever.
It would be hard to justify and explain this decision to future generations, for such a decision would be incredibly selfish.
Although it is frequently seen as so, this hot button issue is not purely political. Consequently, there is considerable uncertainty regarding both the size and quality of the oil resources that exist in ANWR.
Second, the fact that Americans need more petroleum does not justify causing what environmentalists believe will be massive ecosystem damage as the result of drilling Herndon, ; Loomis, Advocates of drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge also understand that any current efforts to identify and implement alternative energy sources, such as biodiesel and other energy-efficient fuels, will take years to transition into widespread use.
Oil can coat fur or feathers, destroying their insulation or water-repelling abilities and increasing the animal's risk of hypothermia. It could take years or decades before any significant amount of oil is ready for use.
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Ironically, she says the only reason she and her colleagues are able to gather data from the far-flung regions of the 49th state is because of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. ANWR oil production is not projected to have a large impact on world oil prices The reserve can be saved as a last resort decades from now when we've exhausted other supplies.
The FWS also states, "Those who campaigned to establish the Arctic Refuge recognized its wild qualities and the significance of these spatial relationships. This measure, however, has caused controversy and intense debate among proponents of domestic drilling and among opponents of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, especially environmentalist groups.
The million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been closed to oil exploration since due to concerns about the impact on the region's caribou, polar bears and other animals.
It could result in irreparable damage to both the land and species surviving on it. USFWS "It gets you into this totally remote location, into the little nooks and crannies of the tundra," says Boelman.
While the United States is entirely too dependent upon petroleum and does indeed evidence an acute need for a new supply of oil to meet its energy demands, I oppose the initiatives that have been proposed to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling.
While various politicians periodically revive the possibility of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, opposing groups always flex their political power and influence, killing legislative initiatives before they can pass into federally supported law Grover, The measure tagged along in a revision of a tax bill, which would need approval from the House of Representatives and President Trump.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge covers But with Republicans in control of Congress, those arguments may not hold much sway. Watch video · Congress is close to lifting a year-old ban on energy development in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but drilling for oil in that frozen wilderness may still be years away as the.
Over the coming weeks, Congress will decide whether to sell out the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling as part of tax legislation being written in the U.S. Senate that would provide. May 25, · President Trump wants to allow Big Oil to "drill, baby, drill" in Alaska's fragile Arctic wildlife refuge.
How drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could impact wildlife The argument for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is economic. for oil drilling in the. Alaska’s economy depends on the oil industry for one-third of its jobs, but other oil prospects are drying up, according to Alaska’s (pro-drilling) Resource Development Council.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge covers million acres in northeastern Alaska. The question of whether to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) reported 59% favor drilling for oil in ANWR, while 39% oppose it.
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