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Fuel or Folly: Drilling in the Arctic Reserve
Last Featured: 7/15/2002

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a 19.6 million acre stretch on the northeast corner of Alaska, is one of America’s most prized reserves. It’s also an area considered to be one of America’s best prospects for oil discovery. During his presidential campaign, Bush said he favored drilling in 1.5 million acres of the reserve. ### In light of the recent terrorist attacks, many now argue that the US must reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Environmentalists claim that the oil from the reserve won’t make much of a difference and they argue that drilling poses enormous risks to an important and pristine natural area. Will additional drilling free us from our dependence on foreign oil or is it a short-term solution with lasting environmental impact? Join us as our advocates debate energy policy and the environment.

Jim Waltman is Director of Refuges and Wildlife for the WildernessSociety (http://www.wilderness.org/arctic/) in Washington, D.C. where he coordinates the Society’s efforts on the national wildlife refuge system, endangered species and Alaskapublic lands. Jim has also been wildlife specialist for the NationalAudubon Society. He has a master’s degree from the Yale School ofForestry and Environmental Studies.

Jerry Hood is Secretary-Treasurer of Teamster’s Local 959 which coversthe State of Alaska. He is also the special assistant on energy toJames P. Hoffa, the President of the International Brotherhood ofTeamsters. Jerry serves on the executive board of Arctic Power, a prodrilling coalition and he was recently appointed to the Alaska HighwayCouncil on Gas which is developing recommendations on construction of anarctic natural gas pipeline.

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"Today's world is one in which the age-old risks of humankind - drought, flood, communicable diseases - are less of a problem than ever before. They have been replaced by risks of humanity's own making: the unintended side effects of beneficial technologies and the intended effect of the technologies. Society must hope that the world's ability to assess and manage risks will keep pace with its ability to create them."

— J. Clarence Davies

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US Fish & Wildlife Service
A Department of the Interior Review of Potential Oil and Gas Development on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 1002 Area
Alaska Federation of Natives Statement
The Heritage Foundation’s Opinion
ANWR (A Grassroots Organization In Favor of Opening the Wildlife Refuge)
Save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Defenders of Wildlife
Alaska Wilderness League
Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Alaskan Natives Against Drilling (Environmental News)
Natural Resources Defense Council
Project Underground
The Wilderness Society
8. Sierra Club Presentation on the ANWR
Crude Dreams : A Personal History of Oil & Politics in Alaska
by Jack Roderick, Don Graydon (Editor)
EXTREME CONDITIONS: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska--
by John Strohmeyer
Are Current Water Policies Leaving Us High and Dry?
The Future of the Oceans
Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming