America Does NOT Need to Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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America Does NOT Need to Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Thesis: If the United States is going to choose to conserve energy responsibly, then our government's energies should not be focused on developing oil in the ANWR, but rather on the topics of conservation through higher fuel efficiency standards in vehicles and by developing alternative energy sources. Conservation, fuel efficiency and alternative energy sources are the solutions that will lead us to a long term and sustainable energy future. I. Introduction The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is located in the northeastern part of Alaska and has been the topic of many recent political and environmental debates. Many of these deliberations have become more heated in the past year because of President George W. Bush's National Energy Proposal, "Reliable, Affordable and Environmentally Sound Energy for America's Future." The proposal included a plan to open up 1.5 million acres of the ANWR for petroleum and gas exploration. In the proposal President Bush states, "America is trying to meet future energy demands and promote energy conservation, and do so in environmentally responsible ways that sets standards for the world."[i] If we choose to conserve responsibly, then our government's energies should not be focused on developing oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but rather on the topics of conservation through higher fuel efficiency standards in vehicles and by developing alternative energy sources. Conservation, fuel efficiency and alternative energy sources are the solutions that will lead us to a long term and sustainable energy future. II. ANWR History Interest in oil resources in the n... ... middle of paper ... ...s Propel US Toward an 80-MPG Future. 01/08/2001 [xliii] Hybrid-Electric Vehicles Propel US Toward an 80-MPG Future. 01/08/2001 [xliv] Hybrid-Electric Vehicles Propel US Toward an 80-MPG Future. 01/08/2001 [xlv] Hybrid-Electric Vehicles Propel US Toward an 80-MPG Future. 01/08/2001 [xlvi] The Eco-Cars. Business Week, 08/14/2000 Issue 3694, p62, 6p [xlvii] The Eco-Cars. 08/14/2000 [xlviii] The Eco-Cars. 08/14/2000 [xlix] Shifting Gears. June2001 [l] Shifting Gears. June2001 [li] Oil, Profits, and the question of alternative energy by Richard Rosentreter and Philip M. Morse Humanist, Sep/Oct 2000, Vol. 60 Issue 5, 8, 5p. [lii] Oil, Profits…Sep/Oct 2000 [liii] Oil, Profits…Sep/Oct 2000 [liv] Oil, Profits…Sep/Oct 2000 [lv] Oil, Profits…Sep/Oct 2000 [lvi] Oil, Profits…Sep/Oct 2000 [lvii] Oil, Profits…Sep/Oct 2000

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