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TOPIC QUESTION: Should our country restrict drilling for oil in the arctic and national parks?


"The 19 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) lies in the northeast corner of Alaska. The entire refuge lies north of the Arctic Circle and 1,300 miles south of the North Pole."

"February 6, 2002 Washington, DC - Arctic Power announced today that a recent poll shows 48% of Americans favor opening part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to energy exploration."

arctic national wildlife refuge map
Courtesy of Arctic Power, a nonprofit citizen's organization
ANWR website

"Multinational oil companies and some members of Congress insist on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, on the last five percent of Alaska's northern coastal land not already open to oil exploration or drilling."

From Alaska Wilderness League website

This is an issue that draws passionate supporters from both sides of the issue. The Senate recently rejected a bill that would have allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but there is little doubt that the debate and efforts to drill here will continue.


Some Pros and Cons
The amount of oil in these areas would only supply a fraction of what the United States needs. The oil from these areas would help the United States lessen its dependence on foreign sources of oil.
Drilling in these areas would spoil the fragile environment and potentially kill many species of life. The national parks would lose their beauty and be unavailable for use by the general public.
With modern drilling techniques and the proper safeguards, there would be minimal impact on these wilderness areas.