Warning: Possibly controversial

A video on saving the Arctic refuge:


If you don’t feel like watching a somewhat sappy video featuring Robert Redford but aren’t too hot on drilling for oil in the Arctic, consider sending a message to senators encouraging them to oppose the “American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act,” which will open up 2,000 acres of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for energy production. While there is more oil in Alaska than any other state, in the long run we’re still going to run out, and not too slowly either:

The US consumes 20 million barrels of oil a day (statistic from the Energy Information Administration). According to the House Resources Committee, there are about 10.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil in ANWR. Suppose for a moment that ANWR was our only oil source: then all the oil in it would supply only 520 days (10,400 million barrels / 20 million barrels/day), not even 2 years. We obviously wouldn’t depend on oil only from Alaska (in fact we import 12.1 of the 20 million barrels/day we consume), but the point is that it isn’t worth it. Oil from Alaska just isn’t a reasonable long-term solution for US energy needs.

The National Resources Defense Council does most of the work of contacting senators for you if you go to http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/arctic/action.asp?step=2&item=52387.

Comments 1

  1. semer wrote:

    I think you left an italic tag open, dearie. :)

    Posted 30 Aug 2006 at 17:59

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