Alaska Oil Drilling: A Threat to Biodiversity

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After decades of rancorous debate marked by legislative impasse, public protest, and mounting political pressure, the issue of opening the last of Alaska's pristine frontiers for oil drilling exploration appears may finally be moving towards a long-sought resolution. At the heart of this over thirty-year old conflict, waged bitterly between environmental activists and major petroleum producers, is a parcel of land containing nearly 20 million acres of untouched environmental resources known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). While the ecological importance of the ANWR region is largely undisputed, as the preserve contains critical den grounds for the arctic's large mammals, including polar bears, caribou, and walruses, America's current economic crisis has intensified calls to tap ANWR for the millions of barrels of petroleum believed to be buried beneath its frozen soil. As a member of several environmental activist organizations, my firm belief that drilling for oil in ANWR would be disastrous in terms of biodiversity has motivated a search for alternative methods of message delivery, because while preserving the glory of nature's bounty is my overriding objective, this passion is not shared by the business executives, laborers, and investors who hold a vested interest in oil production. Rather than simply cling fiercely to the moral appeal of ecological conservation, I have strived to examine the issue of drilling for oil in ANWR through an objective lens,
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