by Don Hoff Jr.
March 12, 2005
Why are President George Bush and Governor Frank Murkowski so anxious to exploit Alaska's oil? We should be protecting our Alaskan oil for Alaska's future. So a barrel of oil in worth $55.00 a barrel - the highest it is ever been. But, just think what the price of a barrel of oil would be in four generation from now? We should not be in a hurry to exploit oil just because the gas price is higher at the pumps. The Republicans in power want to use scare tactics to open A.N.W.R. and using the war in Iraq for their excuse for running up gas prices and the National Debt. The Republicans are just running amuck spending taxpayers dollars on pork barrel projects.
Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the crown jewel of America's refuge system. The 1980 law that created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge also closed 1.5 million acres of the coastal plain to gas and oil exploration unless specifically authorized by Congress.
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could be particularly disastrous for wildlife. The biologists are also concerned about the long-term environmental effects of the millions of gallons of waste from oil and gas operations disposed of in open pits, injected into the subsurface, frozen into the permafrost and discharged directly into the air and water and erosion problems to tundra.
More than 90 percent of the coastal lands west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have already been opened to drilling, with many documented negative effects on wildlife and habitat. Despite the environmental and economic impacts, President George W. Bush, Governor Frank Murkowski and their Big Oil allies are intent on opening the coastal plain to drilling and causing a major threat to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for greed, power and money, the nation's last unspoiled major arctic ecosystem.
In closing, please no oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and save it for future. This is my own indigenous opinion.
Don Hoff Jr.
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