There’s an editorial in the Washington Post today opposing drilling in ANWR, not surprisingly. Along the way it takes a cheap shot at Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, who has the temerity to keep representing his constituents — who overwhelmingly support exploration there.
In fact, (sorry to have to repeat this) it is a place a fifth the size of Dulles Airport, it will be done in an environmentally-safe way and any wildlife that might be remotely harmed will have a place the size of South Carolina to repair to. Oh, and drilling would only happen during the winter, when the place is frozen solid. The Post of course scoffs at the mere million barrels a day — near Prudhoe Bay’s current output and equal to Texas’ on-shore output. Would the shut those off, too? Fact is, energy prices are soaring and we need to increase domestic supplies while we strive for efficiency and conservation (manufacturers are at the forefront of both) and find new sources.
Oh, and let’s get after the 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf, now off limits, while we pay the highest natural gas prices in the world. In the world.
Drop a note to your Member of Congress and tell them to get on the stick.
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