The extreme environmentalists quoted in The Star (7/20, A-1, “Thirst for oil turns sanctuary into battleground”) in opposition to drilling in the Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have forgotten the arguments made years ago against the Alaska oil pipeline. The assertions that drilling would damage the caribou herd and interfere with their breeding and reproduction have proved to be false. If George Bush had made the same mistake, it would be called a “lie.”
Now the argument is not that the wildlife will be disturbed by human activity, but that it will become too familiar with us. For that reason, ANWR must remain as is for its “wildness” to be enjoyed by precious few humans.
Meanwhile, poor working stiffs must pay $4 per gallon for gas so that we don’t risk having the shorebirds become too friendly with humans.
With all this talk about gasoline prices and alternative energy sources, there is one thing I know for sure: I cannot put a wind turbine, photovoltaic cell, natural gas or nuclear reactor in my automobile’s gas tank. I need gasoline, and at a reasonable price.
Yes, we must drill our way out of our current situation.
There is a long and a short answer to those who think that drilling in ANWR and the eastern Gulf of Mexico will fix our oil problems.
The long answer involves explaining how little oil there is in these areas, how long it will take to develop and how little it will affect the world’s supply and cost. It would take a lot of ink to explain all these shortcomings.
The short answer: T. Boone Pickens.