Dependency on Foreign Oil Promoted by Senate Democrats
For Immediate Release.
March 21, 2003 Once
again the Senate has failed to meet the energy needs of America, by
rejecting oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)
by a 54 to 46 vote on March 19, 2003.
As a result, the U.S. will continue to be dependent on foreign
oil to meet its energy needs putting America’s national security at
risk as well as jeopardizing future economic growth.
Democrats were able to assemble the required support to remove
the drilling provision from a budget resolution.
single largest oil reserve is ANWR, and oil exploration in the vast
refuge would not create an unacceptable risk to wildlife and pristine
forests since the oil exploration equipment would affect only a minute
0.1 percent of ANWR’s 19 million acres.
In addition, ANWR could produce between 9.2-16 billion barrels
of oil according to estimates from some petroleum experts.
Furthermore, ANWR is so rich, it could substitute the oil that
the U.S. would otherwise have to import from Saudi Arabia over the next
exploration in ANWR would not endanger wildlife or landscape because
of strict federal laws that govern oil and gas exploration. Also, techniques would be used by the energy industry that would
provide ecological benefits to the area.
Pads of ice could be built instead of contrasting gravel pads
to ensure that when the ice melts away little or no evidence of human
activity will be left when a dry exploration well is capped.
Also, temporary ice roads could be used extensively to support
winter exploration activities.
and preferences for alternatives to fossil fuels have failed to make
these technologies competitive and are unlikely to do so in the future.
Natural resource economists indicate that long-term programs to conserve
energy or increase efficiency do not result in lower energy consumption
but just the opposite. Energy consumption increases as a result of greater
efficiency. Since increased efficiency lowers cost, demand is increased
because goods are more affordable.
“One way to promote economic
growth and maintain our national security is to provide for a reliable
and affordable supply of energy by increasing domestic energy exploration,”
said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute
of Public Policy. “This can
be done by the government promoting free market principle that continually
reduce government intervention in the energy markets and promote domestic
energy exploration,“ added Dr. Rutkowski.
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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