It said the environmental effects continue to grow despite efforts by the oil industry and regulators to minimize them, including new technologies that have reduced off-road travel and made drilling platforms smaller. There is little environmental risk Con claims that any tiny perturbation in the Arctic environment will precipitate disaster, yet Prudhoe Bay development didn't bring disaster, caribou herds increased five times. New discoveries have given those areas an estimated 8. President pushed to perform exploratory drilling for and in and around the refuge. There is every reason to suppose that they are sensitive to environmental damage and understand the tradeoffs.
No spills causing significant damage are cited. The final plan recommends that the refuge's coastal plain be federally designated as wilderness based on its extraordinary wilderness values and pristine conditions. We could be entirely self-sufficient in oil production if all the unreasonable drilling prohibitions were removed. Area 1002 of the coastal plain, looking south toward the mountains Before Alaska was granted statehood on January 3, 1959, virtually all 375 million acres 152 million ha of the Territory of Alaska was federal land and wilderness. Estimates are based on what the data shows, and most oil does not show up on seismic studies. Is there reason to believe that the caribou herd will be diminished by even one animal? At this point I have won this issue and since Pro cant bring up new arguments in his final round, I have won this issue overall. Continuous drilling will only use up the oil at a time when the drilling is not of utmost importance, considering that there are other oil drilling options.
However, when Pro cites evidence that the Native people who opposed drilling have signed deals for drilling rights and are being bankrolled by environmental groups, Con dismisses the argument as a red herring even though he had previously engaged that argument. High net energy yield 3. It is possible the environmental community might be willing to tradeoff uncertain impacts of drilling in a remote area in exchange for real efforts to address other environmental concerns. Environmental costs not included in market price 3. Moreover, with more oil, there will be no need to be on the beck and call of oil suppliers who dictate on its price in the global market. It Could Create Thousands of Jobs Unemployment rates fluctuate month-to-month, but there is no denying that the impact of the Great Recession is still being felt by working families. We do not have a booming economy, so we desperately need all the jobs we can get, and there is n reason to ignore the bulk of the economic benefits as Con does.
Nothing in the resolution prevents reasonable requirements and inspections with respect environmental safeguards such as are now mandated for drilling on the North Slope. Pollution being detectable does not mean it is harmful. These pollutants are going to be a factor, regardless of how green the drilling practices strive to be. My claim was that it was insignificant. The proposal faced stiff opposition in the House of Representatives.
Lacking those justifications, your rights ought to prevail. A decade is a very short time in terms of changing basic infrastructure. Not only would the influx of oil benefit the economy in a general way, but it would also provide a number of jobs. We know the rewards are great. If that happens there would be more benefit to American companies, workers, and investors. Even when all the signs are correct and it appears that there is a large reserve of fossil fuels that can be tapped, there is always the possibility that nothing may be found. The Inupiat who live there strongly favor drilling, by more than eight to one.
The gave Alaska the right to select 103 million acres 42 million ha for use as an economic and tax base. The area potentially could produce 1. The Last Frontier Boelman has firsthand experience with the oil industry in Alaska. The House Committee on Natural Resources held hearings on the issue concluding on November 18, 2011. No exploratory drilling was allowed. Nestled between Siberia and Alaska, with an area of 230,000 square miles, the Chukchi Sea is navigable only four months of the year.
This means finding alternative sources of fossil fuels may become necessary for our modern lifestyle to continue being supported. . Just some of the treaties violated. In their documentary the Porcupine herd was followed in its yearly migration by author and wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer and filmmaker Leanne Allison to provide a broader understanding of what is at stake if the oil drilling should happen, and educating the public. Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Even the noise and the dust from such operations can harm the local fauna.
You win some and you lose some. At the same time, warmer conditions support hordes of mosquitoes and flies that can attack, weaken, and kill calves. But we know that in almost every case, oil operations have an impact. In comparison, the estimated volume of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in the rest of the United States is about 120 billion barrels 1. Others show changes in the amount and type of tundra plants…permafrost melted and the trails remain wetter than they were previously… impacts are expected to persist for decades. We know that 22,000 caribou are taken by hunters each year, and the herds are thriving nonetheless. Production continues year round, but experience shows that wildlife is not bothered by the production.
Their widely portrayed lurch toward extinction on a steadily melting ice cap is not supported by bear counts in other Arctic regions either. Pro likes to talk about how fast oil tech changes- oil tech ten years from now could have the ability to extract oil from sands and shales in the continental U. However, for almost four decades, it has been in the middle of political and media controversies because of the drillings done in search for oil. Low operating costs relatively Cons: 1. In conjunction with the Presidential order, the Congress had enacted a moratorium on drilling in 1982, and renewed it annually. Overall, Pro's claims were exaggerated and when called out on them by Con, he retracts it and agrees with Con's numbers. Here are the pros and cons to consider when thinking about drilling for oil in this protected area.
The national debt could be greatly reduced. What birds are going to refuse to migrate? Through undermining the Precautionary Principle, it also threatens at risk ecosystems throughout the continental U. Juveniles are subject to many restrictions on the grounds that older people know better. At the same time, rising oil prices could make the refuge a more tempting target. Plus, a democratic Congress or president could put up additional roadblocks in the intervening years.