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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Conflicting Goals over ANWR

The Skeptical Optimist has a post up about his conflicting motives over ANWR. Highly recommended.


Blogger Andrew Watkins said...

What do you think about this? I'd be interested in a longer write-up...or have I missed one you've done?

4/07/2005 07:57:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

While his post is at least partially joking, he does have a some serious points.

First, Nature is not an idyllic happy state where everything is wonderful. Creatures face all sorts of challenges and they have to be tough to survive them.

Second, drilling in ANWR will have minimal impact on our dependence on 'foreign oil' and minimal impact on the price of oil, hence it will not do anything to reduce the power of Saudi Arabia or Iran.

I am convinced that the drilling in ANWR will have no signifigant environmental side effects. ANWR is a big place, the effected area tiny in comparison and even that area will not be hostile to all life. The Caribou and other wildlife will be perfectly fine.

So obviously, we should utilize this resource.

The only question I have is when we should do so. It is obviously smart to sell the oil at the highest price possible. That may be in the next 5 to 10 years or it may be decades away.

I think our society will achieve fossil fuel independance while being able to maintain our quality of life though technological advancement (it may be a bumpy road though.) It will require a strong economy do achieve that however.

4/07/2005 08:28:00 AM  

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