Essay about Anwr - We Should Drill

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ANWR: Drilling Mandatory or Unnecessary Shannon Bowerman Hour 7 Laughlin -- February 12, 2008 English Research Paper Shannon Bowerman Hour 7 February 12, 2008 English Research Paper – Introduction Since 1987, the issue of whether or not drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) should be allowed has been one of the concerns of political figures, as well as many Americans. This issue has been fought before the Senate at least three times since 1995. Each time it has been debated, the House has ruled in favor to drill, but the President has vetoed the proposal. Clinton was the last President to do so. The land concentrated on in the debate is the northern…show more content…
According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), if America does not start producing oil at home the nation’s dependency on foreign oil will rise to rise to sixty-four percent by the year 2020 (Coon par 1). Representative Richard Pombo, a California Republican, commented on ANWR and the possibility of being able to decrease America’s dependency on foreign oil: “ANWR is not the whole solution, but I believe it’s the biggest reserve of oil we have in the United States and our best opportunity to lessen dependence” (Marek 37). By drilling in ANWR, the amount of oil that would be gained could possibly be equivalent to the amount of oil that could be accumulated from Saudi Arabia after thirty years or from fifty-eight years of independence from Iraqi oil (Coon par 2). When the United States imports oil that the average consumer uses, it adds up throughout the year, costing America roughly 330 billion dollars. That could be broken down into almost 37.75 million dollars every hour ("Top ten reasons to support ANWR development." par 7). Once America drills in ANWR, it provides scientists more time to figure out an alternative fuel (the oil supply in ANWR will only last about twenty-five years). This would sustain America long enough to explore the ideas of alternative fuel more thoroughly. The oil underneath the coastal plain of ANWR will support America for approximately twenty-five years depending on how much oil proves to be
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