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America Must Drill For Oil In The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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America Must Drill for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a very controversial topic. On one end you have the people who want to drill for oil to help out our economy, and on the other end there are the environmentalists and the Alaskan natives who do not want their land destroyed. Our economy needs help; oil prices keep rising, gas prices have reached an all time high, and America is depending too much on foreign trade. Drilling for oil in Alaska will solve these problems. There are ways of drilling without disturbing the environment and keeping the animals in their original habitat.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a large piece of land in Alaska. It is an 18 million acre piece of land where the weather reaches only 4 degrees Celsius in the summer and below 20 degrees Celsius in the winters (Urstadt). There is never any sunlight, except for maybe a day the whole year. It is beautiful land that just happens to be on 5.6 billion to 16 billion barrels of oil; the United States is said to go through over 7 billion barrels of oil a year (Arctic drilling makes sense 1). These days everyone complains about the price of gas, and how it keeps going up. That is the problem; the solution would be drilling for oil in that beautiful land.

To hear the advocates tell it, drilling for oil in a long off-limits part of Alaska is the solution for record gas and oil prices, increased dependence on oil imports and even the need for U.S. military involvement in the Middle East.

(Arctic Drilling Makes Sense 1).

By drilling for oil in ANWR, it will help out the economy of the United States greatly. There will be no need to debate the topic of how gas prices keep soaring and foreign oil trade will decrease greatly. Oil drilling may be unappealing in a sense, but it is what the United States needs. If all goes well, the Untied States will be able to provide gas for the country instead of relaying on oil from foreign trade, which will then, in time, lower gas prices to “normal”.

Many think that the land will be destroyed if the drilling becomes a reality, but the truth is that it is only going to be a small piece of ANWR that will be drilled on. Roads will not be made of gravel, but water from the rivers to be frozen over in the...

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