One sure-fire way to set Leftist/Liberal Environmentalists off into a tizzy is to suggest that we open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.
The environment is too fragile....whatever gains we may see will be minuscule.So goes the argument.
In an ad from defenders.org , drilling in ANWR will give us a "toxic wasteland where there was once a publicly owned wildlife refuge".
Many fear that, somehow, our mere presence in the area is enough to endanger life there. This is in spite of facts to the contrary. From an article at anwr.org,
"Petroleum development at Prudhoe Bay has not negatively affected wildlife. For instance, the Central Arctic caribou herd is at home with pipeline facilities and has grown from 3,000 to as high as 27,100 in the last 20 years. Drilling activity in ANWR would be limited to winter months when wildlife does not frequent the coastal plain."
But, just for the sake of argument.....let's say that oil drilling threatened the environment......then why would we only limit the restrictions to ANWR ? If oil drilling is bad in ANWR then it would be environmentally bad in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Iraq, Iran and everywhere else we do it.
Logically, if you are opposed to drilling in ANWR, then you are an oil greedy hypocrite if you don't insist we stop all oil drilling world-wide. Logically, if oil drilling is too dangerous for caribou then it would be too dangerous for the humans that live in the populated regions where we already drill. Is that what the Left want ?
Alaska Governor - and now Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, supports drilling in ANWR . I'm sure most Americans would agree with her if they were aware of the true facts.