To Drill or Not to Drill - Looking at Both Sides With an Open Mind

To Drill or Not to Drill - Looking at Both Sides With an Open Mind

I have never been one to like politics of any kind. I know my opinions should matter but it is just too complex for me. Just not something I have ever cared much for. However, when the war in Iraq happened and so many people spoke of why we were rally having the war I listened. Gas prices have soared and have stayed higher than ever. I heard people talk about how it was war involving oil not just 911. Besides, if it were just about 9/11 than shouldn’t we have been in Afghanistan in the beginning instead? Just my own personal thoughts. I personally feel that we are much too dependent on oil from other countries. But then at the same time, I do not want to see wildlife destroyed. It is a hard side to choose here. If I must, I will choose the side for drilling within our own country and not being dependent on others for what we need to survive.

I can look at both sides of the issue with an open mind. When doing so, I try to weigh the benefits of both sides and the issues that are non-beneficial. I do not believe I have any thoughts that hinder my thinking one way or the other in regards to the specific subject. If I have anything that I would say hinders my thoughts, it is just politics as a whole.

John Carlisle, (2001), para 1 states, “Environmentalist contentions that oil drilling in the vast refuge poses an unacceptable risk to wildlife and the pristine forests is unfounded given, that oil drilling equipment would cover a mere .1% of ANWR's 19 million acres.” Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

This debate over drilling or not drilling in our current economic times is difficult for either side of the debate. Do we or do we not? Do we need to? Yes, we do.

On the opposing side, people believe that no wildlife will be harmed by drilling and that we should not listen to environmentalists as they are making much more of it that they should be.

John Carlisle, (2001), para says, “Although environmentalists claim that oil exploration at ANWR poses an ominous threat to wildlife, there is not one species of animal from either the North Slope or the ANWR coastal plain that is listed as endangered.”

Junior Scholastic (2001) writes, “Americans are divided on the issue, with some polls reporting that slightly more people oppose drilling than favor it. Environmentalists say that there is not enough oil there to risk damaging ANWR's fragile land and wildlife. Those who favor drilling say it will create thousands of jobs, reduce U.S. need for foreign oil, and lower prices at the pump.”

Others say that there is not enough oil in comparisons to the risks to wildlife. I say that we do what we can to protect the environment and the wildlife and we do what we as a country need to do for our people. Start doing things that we can to become less dependent on other countries for our needs.

John Carlisle, (2001). John Green Opposition to Opening ANWR Simply Unfounded. Human Events, Vol. 57, Issue 5. para 2
Junior Scholastic, (2001). Should We Drill in Alaska? Vol. 104, Issue 2, para 2