America Must Help Protect, Not Destroy Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Drilling in refuge may eliminate 10 percent of America's oil imports in 30 years and that is the best estimate available from those who condone the drilling in the first place. Environmentalist calculate it's only 6 months supply based on current consumption rates.

Published: 23-Mar-2005

Drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is now close to reality, thanks to underhanded tactics on the Senate floor which flouted the representation of about half of America.

This is a tragedy of epic proportions because drilling in refuge is nonsense.

Opposition along the way has been fierce; a 1995 presidential veto blocked a similar attempt at drilling in refuge.


Visits to China, India, Malaysia and Pakistan are significant because the trip spells out the Saudi Kingdom's Look East policy, representing a new reorientation in its foreign policy that was heavily tilted toward the West.

The worst two scenarios suggest a drastic decline in output to 875,000 barrels a day by the end of 2007 and to just 520,000 a day by the end of 2008.

Bush said he envisioned a future in which a plug-in hybrid car could drive 40 miles on a lithium-ion battery, then stop at a filling station for ethanol, a fuel usually made from corn, similar to HyMotion Prius pictured below.


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