The paths of many migratory species are already disrupted by the pipeline, and many other species would be lost or affected should the ANWR be developed.
I did research on this subject (for over 7 months) on this subject when I volunteered with a local debate team last year. There is only one
species of animals that would be placed in any serious threat if ANWAR were to be explored- the mating habits of caribou. By the way, outside of ANWAR, deer and caribou are usually considered pest. In some parts of North America there is so much overpopulation that herds die of starvation.
Back at ANWAR, the only reasonable risk was to the mating habits of the caribou. For some reason or another they like to reproduce (gotta keep it PG
) at night, and the lighting on the rig structures would somehow make them uneasy, meaning decreased rates of reproduction.
Easy solution, turn off the fricking lights at night.
Why shoud you turn Alaska with its natural beauty into an oilfield, unless it is absolutely and desperately necessary?
First, a case could
be made that it is absolutely and desperately necessary to drill in ANWAR. Personally, I don't
find it necessary, but for different reasons than misplaced fear of disrupting "natural beauty."
Oil exploration is not a messy, pollution causing, environmental disaster that it use to be. The areas outside of ANWAR have been explored without any adverse effects on caribou or other wildlife. After a well is completed, the structure is disassembled and the only sign that anything took place is a patch of dirt that takes a few weeks for grass grow back.
I live in Texas, my family is in the oil business, I've been to oil rigs owned by 3 different companies in the last few years, and visited past sites that have been decommissioned. Oil exploration is not the menace, its consumption.
The two words: EXXON VALDEZ were a too costly lesson learned, don't you think?
Two words: big deal
Little known fact- oil and gasoline leaked from cars and trucks in the United States leads to petroleum runoff into rives and oceans at a rate of an Exxon Valdez spill per year or more. I'm not concerned about the minute risk of an oil spill during production and transport, I'm concerned with the oil spill taking place every day
that no one knows about.
But HEY, we all need to fill up our SUV's don't we!!
Yes. All American's are sloppy, fat, rude, arrogant SUV
drivers who yak on cell phones while sipping cafe lattés from Starbucks while zipping all over town.. taking pleasure
in the environmental destruction we are causing and extracting sheer joy
from supporting Saudi oil barons
Don't criticize the way the United States works without understanding the way Americans live. The U.S is not
Europe, and if you try to think of the U.S. as a European entity you won't understand why Americans find it necessary to drive SUVs.
No more than 5 years ago, gas was hovering at or below $1.00 a gallon, depending on location. If gasoline were this cheap in Europe, don't moralize me and say you
wouldn't drive an SUV
. I, by the way, don't
drive an SUV
. I drive a Toyota Camry, 4-cyllender and an LEV if it matters.
Next, why do American's do so much driving in the first place? American cities, I am going to use Dallas as an example, are the victims of suburban sprawl. I work an outrageous 30 minutes from my home. I could live closer to my employer, but I'd rather live in the family friendly city of Plano and send my kids to schools way better than DISD. Plano itself is a huge city, 9th biggest in Texas. If I want to go to say Wal-Mart, its 3-4 miles away. I could easily walk or bike this, but the city is not designed for pedestrians, it is designed for cars. I would be putting my life at risk just trying to cross the street. Most streets in Plano are 6-lanes with heavy traffic!
As to why Americans choose big cars, think of the American family, the so called "Soccer Mom." My wife must drive our kids to school, pick them up, shuttle them to and from their many activities ect. My coworker who now lives in the UK sends his daughters to boarding schools, and only they return on the weekend. Different location, different culture, different lifestyle.
My family a decade ago would have a family car (sedan most likely) and a minivan of some sort. Today, minivans are the single most "uncool" vehicle on the road, SUVs like the aptly named Suburban and Expedition are in vogue. Who wants to look stupid driving a lame car when gas is so cheap? And if the mother has an SUV
, the father just looks plane silly in a Toyota Camry! Make that a Suburban and a 4Runner for that household.
I am the Northwest Airlines of car ownership and still have not found it necessary to replace my Camry, but when I do, it will probably be another sedan. Many Americans feel the same way, but I'm not going to stop those of my fellow Americans who want an SUV
from buying one. I just get the satisfaction of knowing I am not suffering immensely at the current gas prices. I don't like them, but hey that's life.
Come on now Turbolet, since when did the importance of the environment get in the way of industrial development?
Yeah, Americans hate the enviornment. That's exactly why Boeing is aiming to reduce fuel burn by 15-20% on the 7E7