To Mr. Blumberg and his article in Monday's paper titled, "Alaskan Oil: It's time," I'd just like to say, sorry that you're so mistaken. While drilling in Alaska may reduce our dependence on foreign oil in ten years for at least a few months, it will in no way ease your pain at the pump or at Dominoes or Wal-Mart any time soon – or at all for that matter. According to www.savethearcticrefuge.org, drilling in ANWR might reduce oil prices by 30 to 50 cents per barrel, not by gallon.
In addition, although the drilling is only proposed in a small portion of the refuge, that just happens to be the most naturally dynamic protected area in the world. It will negatively affect not just the caribou and owls, that Blumberg obviously does not care about, but also polar bears, birds, musk oxen, grizzly bear, marine mammals and other fish to an extent that no one can quite determine.
Beyond the effects on the animals, there are 400 oil spills per year at Prudhoe Bay and no guarantees that any one of them could be the next Exxon Valdez spill. The area that would be disturbed by the drilling would far surpass the 1.2 million acres that are proposed.
It is for these reasons that it is so important that the legislation that would allow drilling in ANWR not get passed in September. It's about the animals and the ecosystem and the precedent, not about the price of Jake Blumberg's pizza.
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