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Should they drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

I was just wondering what people in general think about drilling for oil in ANWR up in Alaska.  Now keep in mind they are already drilling for oil up there in the National Petroleum Reserve, but there is additional oil to be had in ANWR.  What is your opinion?

No Way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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When it comes to oil and we have it I think we should drill for it.

But also in another way you got to think of the refuge to. Where are the animals going to go? They are part of this earth to.

So that's kind of hard.

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It's taken far too long to accept that we're dependent on oil. We're fighting a war over it right now. Not only are we dependent, our excessive use of fuel is destroying our environment. We have a responsibility to STOP NOW, and find alternatives.

The issue I take with all of this, is that the people who inevitably get hurt are the poor. People who can afford to pay more for gas do. Those who cannot lose their jobs.

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>:( >:( >:( NO!!!

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Absolutely not!!!!!!!!   As some others have said here, we are already far too dependant on oil when we should have been much father along on alternative energy options.  Destroying even more of our environment than we already have, for something that should have already been out of date, antiquated (dependency on oil for energy) is ridiculous and backwards thinking.  Selfish thinking on the part of those making the huge profits off our oil dependency, too.   Why do we keep letting those few make the rules that affect our lives and our children's lives??!!    >:(

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That would kind of obviate the "Refuge" part, wouldn't it? You can't hunt but you can destroy the habitat? Why not just cover it with condominiums while they're in there?

Solar energy, wind energy, renewable clean sources are out there and we DO have the technology.I rave about this here, too. Spain could be energy independent, and heck, sell energy to other countries in Europe, if they would just seriously develop the solar/aeolian potential that exists.

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No.

But, we will anyway. Government will allow it. And they'll leave a mess behind.

We have the technology to move away from dependance on oil. That is the direction in which we should be going. Not down a path that will lead to peak oil, unsustainable practices, and total destruction.

Ugh. I don't want to be alive when this happens.

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I don't know too much about the situation, but I say no. let's learn to live SUSTAINABLY!!!!

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I actually did a presentation on this for a class. The drilling prospects only have a small risk of harming the wildlife in the area. BUT ... the economic benefits are terrible. If we drill there we'd only get about six months worth of gasoline with the way we use oil. The costs are way higher than the benefits (especially since there's still a chance of harm to the animals and all, even if its small).

So, no, I don't think we should drill.

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I'm with yabbitgirl and feelinsoreal. Instead of sinking the money into a ridiculous, bad for the environment venture, why won't we try to make steps to get away from fossil fuel dependence? The technology is clearly within reach, so, um, hello, let's harness it before our oil-dependent butts are left out in the cold.

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NO NO NO!!!!! >:( >:( >:( >:(

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What would be the purpose of drilling there, to lower the cost of gas for Americans?  I doubt much of a savings would come to the public, and even then, they don't know how much oil is actually available to be had.  I say no, even though I know it'll make it through Congress (sadly), if not now, then later when the price of crude is even higher.  They'll find it resisted though, congressionally and physically.

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I agree if we have the technology to not be dependent on oil we shouldn't keep going after it.

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