Drilling for Oil...
But none of these are really good reasons for digging in Alaska*.
Here are five reasons why we should:
1 - American oil companies have all pledged that the oil found there will be refined and sold in America and not on the open world market where they might be able to make more money in an unpatriotic way.
2 - OPEC has already agreed that they will not artificially keep prices high by reducing their output to match America's extra output. OPEC likes us and wants to see us do well.
3 - Pumping oil out of ANWR will not halt the march of progress Americans have made in reducing consumption of oil and in seeking alternative fuel sources. A march, by the way, that has been well underway since at least the late days of April.
4- How the hell many caribou do we need? Think about it. When did you ever need even one? Now what about ten thousand of them?
5 - People working for the EPA have not had a damn thing to clean up in years. I don't mean little spills here or there, I mean supersites --the truly toxic stuff that can leaves miles of dead zone for generations. We talk about government waste, yet we do nothing to keep the EPA busy. Instead, they shuffle reports all damn day. They'd like to be busy, but they can't do it alone. They need big oil, unfettered, doing what it does best...
If these five don't convince you about the crucial need for opening up all of Alaska not just the dribbly bits, then I don't know what will. Perhaps if you had a financial incentive. For instance, I happen to have the title deeds to over five thousand acres of territory in those oil fields that I'd be willing to part with for a low, low...
* That is, that Alaska National Wildlife Reserve, not the rest of it