[quote]Originally posted by Samantha Joanne Ollendale:
Any oil from ANWR will be sold to the highest bidder, namely industrial nations without oil reserves such as Japan; Alaskan oil exploration will be of little help to the US people, the beneficiaries being the multi-national oil companies (and their chief share-holders).
Yeah because that's what's happened with 95% of current Alaskan production right? WRONG
Less than 5% of alaskan oil is sent overseas and only part of that 5% is to Japan.
[quote]I'll bet the Bush plan of opening up Alaskan preserves to drilling in order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil has a powerful special interest lobby behind it.<hr></blockquote>
Hmm, perhaps like the residents of Alaska. The people that make their living and send their children to schools and have hospitals and roads thanks to the money that the oil industry brings in. The same people who are being told they deserve to lose their jobs and their homes because a bunch of uppity outsiders who live thousands of miles away have been told by greenpeace that a small frozen block of land they would never have even known existed is more important than people's lives.
[quote]The understatement of the year. ANWR's reserves couldn't fuel this country for 10 months, let alone 10 years. Yet another reason not to drill there.
That's a BS statement for 2 reasons. First no one knows exactly how much oil is there. Due to the status as a wildlife refuge 3D seismic geology surveys have never been performed, only less accurate 2D. Environmental groups conveniently quote the low end of USGS estimations which don't even take into account technological advancements which will allow us to extract a greater % of the oil from ANWR. The second reason is that that statement is only true if you consider the small section of ANWR under consideration to be the sole source of petroleum for the entire U.S. No Texas, no Louisiana, no California, and no foreign oil. Most arab countries wouldn't last that long if you applied the same standards to their oil reserves.
[quote]ANWR isn't the answer, the other 95% of that area that's already been mined obviously isn't the answer<hr></blockquote>
That is untrue and a mistatement. The majority of the Alaskan northern coast has been untouched by oil exploration. They are currently restricted to a relatively small area around Prudhoe bay sandwiched between the US Naval Strategic Oil Reserve and Barrow to the west and ANWR to the east. Perhaps 95% of the available leased land has been explored, but not 95% of the northern coast.