Should The United States Suspend Arctic Offshore Drilling?

1657 WordsMay 8, 20177 Pages
Is developing the Arctic for oil and natural gas worth the powerful negative impact on the environment and native communities? The article published on September 20th, 2013 by Jennifer Weeks titled, “Future of the Arctic” examines the Arctic and the controversies within it. In the pro/con section of her article, Weeks asks the question, “Should the United States suspend Arctic offshore drilling?” Senator Mark Begich argues that the resources in the Arctic are too great of an opportunity to miss out on. Although Arctic drilling is a controversial topic, many people believe it should continue because of the financial and ethical circumstances; however, evidence to support this is lacking, which leads to the other side of the debate to be in…show more content…
The research around that time found that the estimate of oil deposits in the Arctic was 28 billion barrels of oil. It also shows at least 50 billion barrels of oil equivalent in the Beaufort Sea’s Amerasia Basin (U.S. Energy). These facts make the point Begich is making weak. He not only fails to cite the source of his information, he also has the information incorrect. This is not the only example of Begich using information that is not cited and inaccurate. Begich writes, “Each day, Americans drive 250 million cars and trucks. While new federally mandated fuel-economy standards are leading to greater vehicle efficiency, we still burn about 7 billion barrels of oil annually” (Weeks). Again, readers have no idea where Begich got this information and whether it is accurate. Upon further research, it has been found that the information on cars and trucks on the road daily is true; however, it is not cited and the reader must do their own research to verify this. The number of oil barrels used by the United States each year was also deemed to be true, along with the percentage of that used for gasoline, again, this brings down the authors point as the information was not cited and backed up in the argument ("U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis."). The author follows the uncited information with another crack at the issue that again lacked citation. Begich claims that, “About half of that amount (of oil) comes

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