“The conversation of our natural resources and their proper use underlines almost every other problem in our national life,” Theodore Roosevelt. Americans’ dependence upon petroleum-based energy sources has required the United States to consider a variety of options to fulfill [the] ever-increasing energy needs, even drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge [ANWR] (Smith). The controversial question on whether or not to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge reserve has been in battle since its establishment. Drilling in ANWR would cause severe damage as it is a danger to its native plants and animals as the land is their home and birthing ground, the land discussed to be open to drilling will not be the only land set to a path of destruction, and along with the use and distribution of the oil found, as of how much could be discovered and if it is worth losing precious land all to a nations greed of oil. In 1872 Congress set aside a piece of land in Wyoming, establishing Yellowstone as the country’s first national park.
Studies show that polar bears have been listed as a threatened species in the United States. With the survival and preservation of polar bears being considered an urgent and serious issue. Polar bears symbolize the Endangered Species Act. This act is designed to defend certain species from future extinction, “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation”. Given the current status of environmental issues and oil and gas businesses steadily moving towards the homes of polar bears.
The companies in favor for Arctic drillings should understand what it does to our land and our animals. The need for Arctic drilling in the U.S. is extremely important. But I think that there is an easier and less devastating way of doing so. Also, the cost of Arctic drilling is very expensive. We are paying a lot of money to extract oil, but In a way I think we are paying to devastate our land and kill our animals.
And the ever increasing need for oil has only lead to further importing. Many industries and government officials fear that if the consumption of imported crude continues to outweighing the production of domestic, it will eventually lead to jobs moving overseas and the flow of wealth in the energy industry, going towards middle eastern countries. To combat this threatening trend, many Republican oil lobbyists, who dub themselves “the Teamsters”, have drawn together an extensive oil producing plan. The plan calls for tapping oil and natural gas deposits in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (henceforth recognized as ANWR). According to the Teamsters and Alaskan senator Frank Murkowski, dep... ... middle of paper ... ...A conflict that started between environmentalists and oil lobbyists is steadily forming a division among Democrats and Republicans up on Capitol Hill.
Today the United States Fish and Wild life Service have been considering the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list once Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming raise enough wolves to be considered to continue to expand the wolf population, this requires that each of the three states have to have a management plan in effect to prevent the gray wolf from becoming endangered again. With the current attitude of the governments in these states federal support under the Endangered Species Act it would only serve to cause the wolves to become endangered once more, or at least, hold to absolute minimum of the population that the state scan pass off as a self-sustaining population. Many of the states like Idaho want to get rid of the gray wolves completely rid of in fact it has been said that “The State of Idaho is on the record asking the federal government to remove wolves from the state by the adoption in 2001 of House Joint Memorial No. 5. The position reflected in House Joint Memorial No.
Climate change is already a big factor for diminishing polar bears, but another huge cause is gas and oil activities in their own habitat. When oil spills are present in the Ocean near polar bear populations it takes months to almost years to clean up the spill. If oil is on their coats, they cannot regulate their own body temperatures, making them almost freeze to death (Fueling Extinction). With spills it... ... middle of paper ... ...ges and the data is lacking. (Mustain, “Polarizing Debate: Polar Bear Status Roils Alaska).
The idea only gained wider publicity after the reintroduction of the grey wolf to Yellowstone National Park in the USA in 1995 and since then has been debated and even nearly happened. The reintroduction of the wolf and also eventually bears and lynx would be greatly beneficial to the biodiversity and tourism of Scotland. All that needs to be done is to educate people and get rid of the ‘big, bad wolf’ persona. The post ice-age Scottish environment evolved with large predators that kept the biodiversity in balance. The wolves, bears and lynx lived alongside herbivores such as deer, horses, cattle, wild boar and elk.
Other affected countries include the U.S. (Alaska), Greenland, Russia, and Norway (the Svalbard archipelago) .There are solutions to slow down global warming but unless we all act together, then there is no hope for the polar bear inhabitants of earth. CAUSES OF THE PROBLEM Polar bears are endangered animals as a result of the humans polluting their environment. Human hobbies such as hunting destroy polar bear population. Some cultures find polar bears as good sources of food. But, the leading reason behind polar bears endangerment is global warming.
. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game gives out only the amount of hunting permits, which matches the number of animals they determined can die, without having severe environmental effects. The researchers of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game also select which animals must be on the Endangered Species list, or else that animal species will face extinction in the near future. The researchers look at the animal populations again to conclude which animals to campaign for the Endangered Species list. The polar bear is one of the animals they fought to put on the list, and was added.
Within communities where sealing occurred for generations the traditional method of sealing is practiced, which hunts adult seals to use more parts, including fur, meat, oil, bones and blubber for food, fuel, tools, and crafts. Seals are only hunted if needed, so traditional sealing is also a sustainable practice by killing less than 1, 000 seals per year. The Canadian Government claims that commercial sealing is just as enviro... ... middle of paper ... ...als have seen of the slaughter or change their concerns; more thought and money should be put towards helping those in financial need, and promoting true traditional sealing to increase its market. In supporting the commercial hunt, the Canadian government falsely represents the rural communities, portraying that they too are an unethical slaughter. Commercial sealing is inhumane, wasteful, and drains the money from the Aboriginal’s seal market, as well as taxpayer’s wallets.