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September 10, 2003

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Debate

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times provides a good look at one side of the debate about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). A debate is needed and although I will not often recommend reading a liberal columnist like Kristof, his article, written after actually visiting the area and talking to the people there gives a good, balanced view of the refuge. Some people will not accept the cutting down of one tree to build a house and they will never accept the thought of a drilling rig in this refuge even though they themselves, nor will 99.98% of Americans, will ever go there. Drilling in ANWR is in many ways unthinkable, but on the other hand our economic need for oil is not going to go away. The solution to the problem whether to drill in ANWR lies somewhere in between. Drilling, if done, has to be done in such a way to minimumize the impact on the land and to maximumize the possibility that the land can be restored to its original state. Neither political extreme should get its way in this case. There is too much at stake.

- posted by Mad Jayhawk and Seven @ 9/10/2003 10:15:00 AM    |

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