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To Drill Or Not To Drill

343 words - 2 pages

To Drill or not to Drill
Darryl Brown
Hum 114 Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
February 28, 2013
Barbara Johnson

To Drill or not to Drill

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge consists of approximately nineteen million acres. If one would think that this area is larger than many of our states today. To name a few; New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Connecticut, West Virginia and the likes of. The north edge itself is comprised of one and a half million acres and ...view middle of the document...

This area has the potential to produce over 3 million barrels of oil with the possibility of even greater number of barrels. Some estimates have gone as high as 9.7 million barrels of oil that could be recovered. Currently drilling in the Alaska area has produced just shy of 20 billion barrels since drilling began in 1977. Many still think that we shouldn’t drill but I for one think that the rewards outweigh the limited risk involved. Furthermore the recent technological developments make drilling in isolated areas much safer that previously determined. Inspire of some of the more high profile cases it is my belief that the process has only been made safer by the outcome of these disasters, despite opponents fears. Yes, some believe that man should limit himself to the unobtrusive types of energy such as wind and solar power. This is a great idea in theory but while we continue to develop these alternate means of energy we need to maintain our current and growing energy needs until such time we can switch to a safer alternative.

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