Counterpoint: Saving the Alaskan Frontier

Witherbee, Amy
September 2019
Points of View: Arctic Drilling;2019, p6
This article presents an argument against drilling in Alaska. The United States has a strong history of working to protect its natural resources. Consisting of an impressive 20 million acres in northern Alaska, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) was created in 1960 to preserve this unique and forbidding wilderness. After the terrorist attacks of September 2001 strained U.S. relations with Middle East oil producing countries, the Republican administration strengthened its efforts to permit oil exploration in the ANWR. Proponents of the drilling have argued earnestly for the need to meet the U.S.'s increased energy demands while reducing the dangerous reliance on Middle East suppliers. The only remaining obstacle to cutting oil use by millions of barrels per day is the willingness to fund the country's transition from the primary fuel source of the 1950s to the alternative fuel sources that will be relied upon in the future.


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