U.S. Arctic Refuge Battle

Many energy companies have dreamed about tapping into Alaskas vast coastal plain, but it is home to many migrating animals. It being a home to these animals has caused a battle over the land between the Alaskans and the energy companies. The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week is part of a sweeping review of a land management plan, for what is the second largest national wildlife refuge in the United States. The agency stresses that the work is just starting and a formal draft is not going to be ready until at least next year. The oil industry and its political allies regard it as a start to an attempt to keep the refuge off limits to energy production for good by formally declaring its remote coastal tundra as wilderness. “Alaska will not allow the federal government to lock up more land without a fight,” Governor Sean Parnell said this week. The Alaska wilderness league, accuses oil companies of trying to destroy this refuge that is the only place on Alaskas North Slope that is legislatively closed to development. “The Arctic Refuge is one of the last true wilderness areas left in the United States, some places are just to special to sacrifice to oil and gas development,” said Cindy Shogan.
I think that the Alaskans have a right to not let the energy companies destroy the refuge because they have seen it grow throughout the years.

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One Response to U.S. Arctic Refuge Battle

  1. Molly Warren says:

    It’s silly that everyone is still arguing over the potential of Alaskan oil, when focus should be on alternative energy sources. Think about it– global climate change is going to affect colder climates first, so Alaska is on the front line against global warming. Why on Earth would we catalyze such destruction by harvesting non-renewable, carbon-releasing fuel sources? Think about it! It’s a double whammy– not only are we harvesting oil, but the oil that’s harvested will release carbon, increasing the greenhouse effect, further adding to global warming.

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