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Alaskan men have a long history of struggling to survive in the wilderness. Today, some, like the Gwich 'in, a native Alaskan tribe, still choose to live off nature. Recently, though a new argument has come to Alaska, one that could destroy the traditions of the Gwich’in forever. Politicians, environmentalists, economists and neighbors now fight over the prospect of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Many of the arguments for drilling are worth consideration; however, in comparison to the evidence against it, they are neither convincing nor compelling. In order to fully understand why drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is such a big deal; we need to understand the history of the refuge. ANWR was created…show more content…
Indeed, according to Rep. Cole (US Fed News Service) Twenty first century technology has made it easier than ever to harvest the vast resources available with minimal impact on the environment. Environmentalists however, are still unconvinced. According to Bryant Urstadt of Technology Review, the technology to make drilling less intrusive does, indeed, exist. But, he says, oil companies are unlikely to use it. In the past, oil companies have abandoned cleaner drilling methods, because they have become too expensive. In addition, environmentalists point to pictures of other drilling sites, like that at Prudhoe Bay, which emits black smoke and darkens the face of what was once pristine land. According to Urstadt, the previous Bush administration had a very bad track record when it came to the environment. He says, “based on the administration 's record of legislation and enforcement, however, it is unlikely that industry will be compelled to use [cleaner technology].” (Urstad 77) Drilling supporters still argue that there are benefits to drilling that may outweigh environmental harms. In addition to helping America gain energy independence, drilling has economic benefits. For Alaskans, tax money is important. Other Americans worry that gas prices are too high. According to Senator George Allen, these high prices come from a reliance on OPEC (US Fed News Service
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