Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Dispute

965 WordsDec 19, 20104 Pages
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, is a refuge geared toward preserving national wildlife in northeastern Alaska. ANWR is about 19 million acres, in space, and contains a potential drilling spot for oil and petroleum. The potential drilling spot is a small area known as the 10-02 Area. It is only 1.5 million acres, or 8%, of ANWR, would even be considered for development (What is ANWR). The controversy surrounding ANWR is whether to drill or not to drill into the 10-02 area. Some people want to preserve the wilderness and to find more fuel-efficient technologies. Others want to lower gas prices and to create more job opportunities. If the government decides to drill for oil, it could possibly lead to about 17 billion barrels of oil,…show more content…
Drilling in ANWR could greatly benefit the United States. It could boost the economy, decrease foreign oil trade, lower oil prices worldwide and create about 750,000 jobs, throughout the United States. On the other hand it could ruin ecosystems and tamper with wildlife’s habitats, for a less than significant amount of oil. Either way a decision has to be made. Prudhoe Bay is steadily declining. The question is whether the government wants to continue paying the high price of foreign imports or drill at ANWR and potentially ruin fragile and ecologically sensitive ecosystems. Works Cited “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” Defenders.org. 2008. Defenders of Wildlife. 19 Oct. 2008. . “Making the Case for ANWR”. ANWR.org 2008. Frontier Communications. 19 Oct. 2008. < http://www.anwr.org/Background/Making-the-Case-for-ANWR.php>. “Top Ten Reasons to Support ANWR Development.” ANWR.org 2008. Frontier Communications. 19 Oct. 2008. < http://www.anwr.org/ANWR-Basics/Top-ten-reasons-to-support-ANWR-development.php>. Tsang, Clara. “Arguments Against Drilling in ANWR.” 19 Oct. 2008. . “What Development of Alaska’s Arctic Coastal Plain Means to Louisiana.” ANWR.org 2008. Frontier Communications. 19 Oct. 2008. . “What is ANWR and Where is it?” ANWR.org 2008. Frontier Communications. 19 Oct. 2008. < http://www.anwr.org/ANWR-Basics/What-is-ANWR-and-where-is-it.php>. “Wildlife Impacts from Oil Drilling in the
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