President Bush has sold the right to drill for oil in Alaska in"prime" polar bear habitat. Environmentalists are angry because they say that it should not be allowed because the effects on polar bears and the surrounding environment is unknown. "In December, President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act, which included a provision calling for Congress to pass legislation opening access to "domestic energy sources such as the outer continental shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," according to a fact sheet on the White House Web site." How do you guys feel about this? Should we not allow drilling for oil on wildlife refuges or is it more important to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and exploit our own resources?
I feel as if there is no winner either way. If we start drilling for oil on protected lands, we may import less and reduce prices, both of which people are calling for. If we do not drill, we can keep the environment pristine and eliminate the chance of a catastrophic oil spill destroying the surrounding ecosystems. In my opinion President Bush is making the right call. It may make some people upset but I believe it is inevitable that drilling will begin at some point at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. At some point the pain at the gas pump will be too high and we will look the other way on the environment. Now is as good a time as any.