Ok, here, heres my argument, fucking go after this.
In regards to the enviroment. There is No Negative Impact on Animals Oil and gas development and wildlife are successfully coexisting in Alaska's arctic. For example, the Central Arctic Caribou Herd (CACH) at Prudhoe Bay has grown from 3,000 to as high as 23,400 during the last 20 years of operation. In 1995, the Central Arctic Caribou Herd size was estimated to be 18,100 animals.
Advanced technology has greatly reduced the 'footprint' of arctic oil development. If Prudhoe Bay were built today, the footprint would be 1,526 acres, 64% smaller.
More than 75% of Alaskans favor oil production in 'ANWR INCLUDING the Eskimos living on and near the oil production facilities.
Federal revenues would be enhanced by billions of dollars from bonus bids, lease rentals, royalties and taxes. Estimates in 1995 on bonus bids alone were $2.6 billion.
Economic stimulus. Between 250,000 and 735,000 jobs are estimated to be created by development of the Coastal Plain. With already existing places up there, such as the North Slope plant, contributing billions to the economy, we'd be able to boost the currently failing economy. Between 1980 and 1994, North Slope oil field development and production activity contributed over $50 billion to the nations economy, directly impacting each state in the union.
As of the amount of oil, the U.S. Department of Interior itself, employing some of the best Geologists in the WORLD estimate a range from 9 to 16 billion barrels of recoverable oil.
See - we NEED to start drilling because Imported Oil is too Costly. The U.S. imports over 55% of the nation's needed petroleum. These oil imports cost more than $55.1 billion a year (this figure does not include the military costs of protecting that imported supply). These figures are rising and could exceed 65% by the year 2005.
Do you need anything else?
Attack of the Killer Stop Signs!
This Winter, You're coming to a dead halt'