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Drilling in Alaska: Drill Baby Drill or Huge Mistake?

Updated on March 29, 2013

Anti Drilling and Pro Drilling Enthusiasts, Weigh In On The Alaska Drilling Debate

Alaska Drilling

Drilling in Alaska has been a major issue politically, and a major hurdle for environmentalists. With the passing of a bill to allow offshore drilling in Alaska, some say it will alleviate our dependence on foreign oil. Others say that by the time the small amount of oil is refined and ready it will be ten years down the road, much too long to wait, and possibly not worth the effort, money, and resources. Some say that it will have a positive affect on oil and gas prices. What's the cost of doing this, and where do you stand on this issue? Be sure to share your side in the comments.

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Drilling in Alaska - Are You For It or Against It? - Weigh in on the Alaska Drilling Debate!

No profanities or your post will autmoatically be deleted. Keep it a debate and provide factual reasons and back it up. Try to convince people, say something more than "I'm for drilling" or "I'm against drilling."

Drilling in Alaska...are you for it or against it??

Why won't Drilling Work? - Anti drilling facts

  • There's not enough oil to make it worth it. Approximately .2% - 1% of the world's oil.
  • It will harm local wildlife. Drilling traditionally has large negative consequences on local wildlife.
  • The proposed drilling area is directly adjacent to protected lands, and IN protected lands, the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
  • Investing the same amount of money and time into alternative energy instead of drilling would bring about quicker, larger, and more positive results without the large impacts on wildlife.

Drilling Poll

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Drill Baby Drill! Popular Reasons to Drill Alaska - Why we should drill Alaska

  • Drilling will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, reducing the amount of money going to countries that support terrorism against the United States.
  • Drilling will lower gas and oil prices temporarily.
  • Drilling in Alaska will create jobs and spark the economy of the United States.
  • There is no true accurate estimate of the amount of oil in Alaska--perhaps there is more than we think.

Do you think drilling will make a huge impact on our dependence on foreign oil?

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Do you think that drilling will improve the U.S. economy?

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Have Something Else to Say About Drilling in Alaska? - Weigh in here with more of your thoughts about drilling in Alaska!

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      ratetea 

      5 years ago

      One of the reasons I oppose drilling in the ANWR is that I don't necessarily think that decreasing gas prices is a good thing. When gas prices are high, it provides a strong economic incentive for conservation, and the development of energy-efficient technologies. I also believe that it's a bad decision to trade a long-term resource (the integrity of our natural ecosystems and wild areas) for a short-term one (oil that will be used up and burned with nothing to show in a few generations).

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      Perry48317 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens on an important topic.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      i really don't think we should drill, i've been to alaska before and if you haven't then you have no idea how beautiful it really is! you can't say that you don't care because you have never seen it first hand! these people who are for drilling in alaska obviously are not informed enough, look it up!!!

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      Yvonne L B 

      9 years ago from Covington, LA

      Fabulous lens. No Drilling, No! Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens link to the appropriate plexo and vote for it.

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      sisterra 

      9 years ago

      Another excellent lens and important topic!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      10 years ago

      The key is to expand the use of renewable resources. At this point we should not be burning oil to generate electricity. Wind farms are popping up and solar power is being tapped... We're heading in the right direction but we're not there yet.

      Great Lens

      Lizzy

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I think we have to find alternatives to 'drilling' wherever we live in the world and we have to try to use less energy, too! I'm not too aware of this issue, funny that we don't hear about it in Canada but we do talk a lot about energy in general.

      Nicely put together lens!

      Brenda

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