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Should we drill in ANWR?

Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:34 am

Here's a recent article regarding congressional attempts to open up part of the reserve for drilling.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9984545/

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Postby raiders_umpire » Thu Nov 10, 2005 11:52 am

my personal opinion is that it should be drilled for oil, but i dont think it ever will be in my lifetime
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Postby RugbyD » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:00 pm

This is a no-brainer. Drill drill drill. We know that there is oil, we know that we like and need oil, we know that some of the most oil-rich regions are also some of the most unstable regions, we know that instability = unpredictability, we know that it will take a lot of work before oil comes out of the ground up there, since we can't predict when instabilty will require that we use oil from ANWR we know that we should start now so that we can be prepared as soon as possible for when unpredictable instability happens.

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Postby wrveres » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:01 pm

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Postby Coppermine » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:11 pm

DRILL!!!!

This IS a no-brainer... there is oil under US soil that we can use to alleviate both our dependence on foreign oil and lower costs to consumers.

However, I do think that we NEED to start an Apollo-like program to research and develop alternative energy sources.
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Postby Madison » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:14 pm

RugbyD wrote:This is a no-brainer. Drill drill drill. We know that there is oil, we know that we like and need oil, we know that some of the most oil-rich regions are also some of the most unstable regions, we know that instability = unpredictability, we know that it will take a lot of work before oil comes out of the ground up there, since we can't predict when instabilty will require that we use oil from ANWR we know that we should start now so that we can be prepared as soon as possible for when unpredictable instability happens.

Case closed.


Agreed. ;-D

Coppermine wrote:However, I do think that we NEED to start an Apollo-like program to research and develop alternative energy sources.


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Postby Pogotheostrich » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:24 pm

Yes, drill.
I think everyone realizes this would be a Band-Aid at best. No one is saying that because we drill that alternative energies shouldn't be researched. And a long term solution is still needed but why not drill for the oil that we need?
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Postby Coppermine » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:28 pm

I'm quite sure that drilling ANWR will also provide and economic boost to the locals in that area (yes, people still live up there, natives and workers in the Prudhoe Bay area) and with ANWR's proximity to the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, it seems foolish not to take advantage.

Also, the environmental footprint of the drilling area is dramatically smaller than the large area that ANWR takes up.

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Postby WharfRat » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:30 pm

Pogotheostrich wrote:I think everyone realizes this would be a Band-Aid at best.


I agree it's a Band-Aid, but you should hear the way some folks on Capitol Hill talk about it, like it's the second coming of the Messiah fercryinoutloud. What worries me is that it'll take people's eye off the alt energy ball. But, that fear is no excuse not to drill. Pols don't do anything unless they've got a spike aimed at their head, and that spike gets a lot smaller if the public starts to feel secure, which you know they will. The way it goes. :-/
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:39 pm

I studied a bit of this in college for Environmental Ethics. Basically I don't wanna drill there because it is literally one of the most uniqure places on earth.

There are like 5 different ecosystems with hundreds of uniqure species all within a hundred or so miles or whatever it is.

Also, the amount of OIL there is only probably about a 6 month supply.

My problem isn't the Drilling its how they leave this place. IF the go in drill and screw up the area that really blows. Now if they can go in and do it without destroying the natural habitat then I'm all for it.

However, I don't see oil companies being very good at cleaning up their mess.

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