Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Drilling in Alaska

Question for everyone out there: I want to know whether you think, as Senator Ted Stevens does, that drilling in Alaska in the ANWR is vital to national security. I don't want to know whether you think it's a good idea; I don't want to know whether you think it will bring jobs to Alaska; all I want to know is whether or not it's vital to national security and fighting the so-called war on terror.



At 5:13 PM, Blogger StandingOutInTheCold said...

I haven't read his reasoning yet, but I can't see how its vital. We seem to be doing alright thus far. And I think its far more vital to put the money into nuclear fusion research -- which has shown promise lately and may not be too far away from viable solutions, especially if they got a coulpe billion extra dollars. Fusion is a long-term solution that will change the face of the world. Alaska is a short term solution that gives us some small benefit and may destroy some endangered wildlife. Which would be bad.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Barnabas18 said...

Interesting question, and I'll try to be as unbiased and objective as possible (which is never easy for me...)

The research I've heard on the subject says that drilling in Alaska would take years to get going, and we are only really certain of about 6 months worth of petroleum by U.S. standards. The research says that with modern techniques it would be safe for the environment and all that good stuff as well.

So is 6 months worth of oil vital to national security? Nah. We have 3 years of reserves already, another 6 months help, but aren't make or break.

So, I disagree with Stevens tactics, attaching it to the must-pass defense bill, but I still support the drilling in general.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger RedHurt said...

yeah, it's not vital. That's retarded.

At 4:51 PM, Blogger E.A.P said...

I think this post might be a wee bit expired, but this Senator Stevens personage appears to have been hitting the egg nog a bit early this year.

Hope you are well! We need to hang out sometime soon. Happy New Year, Charley!


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