By Morgan Doubleday
November 29, 2005
I would say to Ms. Norton that it seems abundantly clear that
a Wilderness Refuge Status would make ANWAR a hands off for development
of ANY kind. No developement - none. This area is off limits,
set aside, protected as a completely wild untouched pristine
peace of earth. Some of the last of the last magnificent wilderness
lies within the bounderies of this remote paradise.
We don't need to pave paradise
to get that last barrel of oil like Bush and his oil cronies
would have you believe. We need to switch to alternate forms
of energy. Bio-diesel, more efficient autos, more solar and wind
power, more efficient heating and cooling systems. I think we
all know that fossil fuels are finite and we need to make major
adjustments. We have seen the end of cheap oil, will we see the
end of oil as well.
Let's skip over this smoke
screen issue of oil in Anwar and start addressing the real Task
of becoming less oil dependent.
Sitka, AK - USA
Newsmaker Interviews by
Bill Steigerwald: Interior
Secretary Norton: The Drill on ANWR - Thanks to this summer's
energy headaches, the Bush administration is pushing harder than
usual to get Congress to open up the pristine Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling. Located on the North
Slope of Alaska, ANWR contains at least 10.4 billion barrels
of oil and at $50 a barrel is worth half a trillion bucks.
The administration's chief
cheerleader for permitting the careful exploitation of ANWR is
Gale Norton, the market-savvy Secretary of the Interior, which
manages 20 percent of the land of the United States. I talked
to her Nov. 17 by telephone from her offices in Washington: -
Monday - November 28, 2005
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