Stacey Schneider stated that the only way to stabilize gas
prices is to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. She said the
only way to accomplish this is obtaining oil domestically.
The columnist latched onto the current administration’s proposal
that we begin drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
As does the president, Miss Schneider asserts that the area
affected would be small and that new technology will protect the
drilling area. This disregards several important facts. Though only
a portion of the ANWR is considered prime oil land, the support
services necessary to facilitate the drilling, including housing
for workers, a network of roads, tanker docking facilities and
administration complexes would cover a substantial land area. These
facilities affect the many species that flourish in the proposed
drilling areas, including caribou, polar bears and a multitude of
fish and birds. Pollution emitted by the new industry also would
affect these animals.
Schneider preaches to us that drilling inside ANWR is the
solution to all of our problems. In reality, there is only a
reasonable chance of drilling nine months worth of oil in an
economical fashion. If we are to replace the 50 percent of our oil
supply now coming from abroad, drilling inside ANWR provides the
nation a year and a half of cheap gas. Is that 18 months worth the
permanent damage that drilling companies are certain to inflict
upon a beautiful area and its animals?
In reality, the only sensible way to reduce our dependence on
foreign oil is to reduce our dependence on oil all together.
Freshman, civil engineering