Thursday, March 17, 2005

ANWR -- Open for Business

The Senate's action in moving to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) seems hopeful. After all, with oil prices hitting an all time (nominal) high yesterday, it would seem that this would be a no-brainer. Not so, unfortunately. There are a lot of people out there more worried about potential harm to a bunch of caribou than about inner city kids freezing to death because their parents can't afford heating oil or natural gas. I'd like to see some studies about the horrific impact the Alaska Pipeline (remember that? You probably won't unless you are at least 35) has had on wildlife. I doubt anyone can produce such a study (at least a serious one) because the pipeline has had almost no impact on wildlife. Why should the ANWR drilling be any different?

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