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Friday, March 18, 2005

Senate Supports Drilling in Alaskan Refuge

The Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) is about to be ravaged for one reason. Three Democratic Senators jumped the fence and voted with the drill bits, undoing a twenty-year-long fight to preserve the land. Senators Landrieu, Akaka and Inouye were the reason this went 51-49 the wrong way.

Government geologists have estimated a likely reserve of as much as 10.4 billion barrels. The United States uses about 20 million barrels of oil a day. "We won't see this oil for 10 years. It will have minimal impact," said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

If the government's geologists are only predicting that this drilling will yield a measly 10.4 billion barrels, why is the government allowing the oil companies to drill? We probably can assume this is a high estimate, therefore if Americans consume 20 million barrels a day, the oil reserves in ANWR will last slightly less than 1 1/2 years. I heard other estimates that the oil would only last for 6 months. Is America that desperate to do such a shameful and evil act that will generate very little rewards? I can see why and I do understand the reasons that environmental friendly people are screaming.

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