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The World's Oil Supply
By Don Hoff Jr.


March 11, 2006
Saturday PM

The world's oil supply is going to be depleted around 2040. Some scientists will argue that the oil supply will be depleted around 2020. They are saying we have at the most four generations of fossil fuels left in the world which includes our coal reserves in North America.

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, the nation's last unspoiled major arctic ecosystem.

Why is Governor Frank Murkowski so anxious to exploit Alaska's oil? For greed, money and power for the few people that don't care about you, your children, your grand children or great grand children. It is one big con job on Americans using war on terrorism as a shield. 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.

I disagree with Ann S. Graham's opinion letter, Look at facts, not myths, about ANWR drilling in ANWR. Here is an irrational statement, ANWR contains beautiful scenery and much wildlife, but the area set aside for oil exploration when the wildlife reserve was created is flat, wet and bleak. Not one would ever go there on vacation or retire there. It is the perfect place for oil wells: they will bother no one, not even the nearby animals, as has been proven by the Prudhoe Bay development where the caribou hear increased by more than seven times after production began .

This is the brain-washing tactics that has been going on to all Americans putting out misleading information to the masses about the oil crisis in America. Reality is that the world is running out of fossil fuels (read my first paragraph) and fuel prices will go up over $3.00 this summer anyway because of supply and demand. Has nothing to do with the wars going in the Arab Nations. It is what it is a scare tactic by big oil to get rich.

In closing, there is not enough oil in ANWR to supply America in the long term and the billions to build the gas line doesn't justify the oil exploitation. Save the oil, when there is a real crisis in the future, save the oil for Alaskans first and why are we making hasty decisions so a few people in the oil business rich? Say no to drill what is left in the oil fields in ANWR. This is my own opinion.

Don Hoff Jr.
aka Aan Kadax Tseen
Hixson, TN - USA

About: Past City Councilman and Vice Mayor - City of Ketchikan; Past Board of Director, Ketchikan Public Utilities; Past OSHA Review Board, State of Alaska; Past I.R.A. Councilman, Ketchikan Indian Corporation



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