Putting ANWR In Perspective

Perhaps the centerpiece of the oil drilling debate is that little patch of ground in ANWR that has a bundle of oil under it. I’ve received the information below a couple different times from different people, and I wanted to pass it along to you. It should put the whole ANWR thing in perspective for you. Check it out:

ANWR = Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:

And some perspective:

Note where the proposed oil development area is (it’s in the “ANWR Coastal Plain” shown here):

This is what deceptive people show you when they talk about ANWR.
Although these ARE photographs of ANWR…

Isn’t ANWR beautiful? Why should we drill here (and destroy) this beautiful place?

Well that’s not exactly the truth…

Do you remember the map?

The map showed that the proposed drilling area is in the ANWR Coastal Plain!!!

Do those photographs look like a coastal plain to you? NO they don’t because they are NOT coastal plain!!

What’s going on here?

The answer is simple.

That is not where the oil is in ANWR!

This is what the tiny proposed oil area in the coastal plain actually looks like in the winter:

And this is what it actually looks like in the summer:

Here are a couple screen shots from Google Earth:

As you can see, the area where the oil is is pretty much a barren plain!!

Oh, and they say that they are concerned about the effect on the local wildlife.

Here is a photo (shot during the summer) of the “depleted wildlife” situation created by drilling around Prudhoe Bay*. Don’t you think that the caribou have been decimated by that oil drilling and transport?

Here’s that same spot during the winter.

Hey, this bear seems to really hate the pipeline near Prudhoe Bay*.

*The Prudhoe Bay area accounts for 17% of U.S. domestic oil production

Now, why do you think some people want to fight about this? Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), member of the House Appropriations Committee has stated on the record, “We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.” And Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif,) also is on the record, stating, “This… uh, will be about, basically taking over and the government running all of [the oil] companies.”

Patrick Leahy asked in a recent Congressional hearing where the oil company executives were summoned just exactly how much money the oil company executives earned last year. J. Stephen Simon, executive vice president of Exxon Mobil Corp answered that he received about $12.5 million in his total compensation “package.” last year. Congress wants to go after these “fat cats” and take away their compensation and give it to the poor people who are hit hardest by the oil prices. Let’s see, Americans use 385 million gallons of gasoline a day (according to U.S. Govt. DOE.) 1.25 billion pennies are in 12.5 million dollars. Divide1.25 billion pennies by 385 million gallons shows that Congress robbing J.Stephen Simon of 100% of his earnings for one year would lower gasoline prices by one penny per gallon for just over three days for Americans!! Wow!! Sounds like a smart plan, huh? Can’t wait!! (and that’s if you allow zero dollars for bureaucratic administrative costs and could every actually get the money from the IRS to the people for free.)

This is great information, and these pictures really deliver the message that drilling in ANWR is no sweat off the environment. If you’re reluctant to support drilling in ANWR, this post should make you re-think your position.

There’s my two cents.


I'm a gun-owning, Bible-thumping, bitter clinger conservative in the heartland. You can disagree with me if you want (you do, after all, have a right to be wrong)...just don't be rude or stupid and we'll get along just fine! :)

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