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 toonsmith
Joined: 1/19/2005
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I grew up in Alaska during the construction of the oil pipeline. They did a great job making sure they didn't destroy the fragile tundra.

Eminent Domain....yup, scary to think that the Government can suddenly say and do what they want. But is anyone really suprised at this?

If we exhausted all resources....and the oil companies took great care as they did during the 1970's with the oil pipeline.....then yes. But that is a qualified yes (in theory) Anything can happen.

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 Double Cabin
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Posted: 11/23/2005 8:11:10 AM
This does nothing to address longterm concerns. We will always remain dependent on foreign oil as long as we ignore alternatives to oil itself.
 Pearnbran
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ANWR Oil Reserves and The Kyoto Accord
Posted: 11/23/2005 9:12:13 AM
First the facts

The Administration firmly believes that we can develop energy at home while protecting the environmental values we all hold dear," Secretary Norton said. "The Coastal Plain of ANWR's 1002 area is the nation's single greatest onshore oil reserve.

The USGS estimates that it contains a mean expected value of 10.4 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil. To put that into context, the potential daily production from ANWR's 1002 area is larger than the current daily onshore oil production of any of the lower 48 states."

Secretary Norton reiterated the Interior Department's support for energy production in the far Northern Coastal Plain of ANWR - the area set aside for possible oil and gas production in 1980 by President Carter and a Democratically-controlled Congress.

Energy production in Alaska's Northern Coastal Plain will reduce dependence on foreign oil; will create new jobs; is strongly supported by organizations that represent working men and women; and will protect wildlife with the toughest environmental regulations ever applied.

Kyoto accord

-More than 15,000 scientists, [8/4/98: now about 17,000] two-thirds with advanced academic degrees, have now signed a Petition against the climate accord concluded in Kyoto (Japan) in December 1997.

the Accord, which would force drastic cuts in energy use on the United States. This is in line with the Senate Resolution, approved by a 95-to-0 vote last July, which turns down any international agreement that damages the economy of the United States while exempting most of the world's nations, including such major emerging economic powers as China, India, and Brazil.

We urge the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997, and any other similar proposals.

The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the near future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate.

Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

Support for the Kyoto Protocol has dropped 12 percentage points in Canada over the past six months, and a split in opinion has developed between the East and the West, a new poll suggests.

About 62 per cent of Canadians who are aware of Kyoto - two out of five have never heard of the accord - favor the environmental deal, but that's down from 74 per cent in May.

Well now, there are the facts.

I am sure you care, have you ever seen ANWR.

It is not some pristine forest with bambi playing in the flowers.

However, it should be carefully used.

One of the major problems is the refineing capability in the US.

In addition, as you might want to know the oil Recovered for the ANWR would not go into the US oil reserves
But into the world oil market.

Thus lowering the price worldwide.
 Pearnbran
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History of ANWR
Posted: 11/23/2005 9:33:23 AM
ANWR has its beginnings in 1923 when 23 million acres of land were set aside as an oil reserve for national security. This reserve was known as the Naval Petroleum Reserve Number 4, which would later be called the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. In 1952-53 a group of scientist released “The Last Great Wilderness”. During the Second World War, this northeastern region of Alaska was used exclusively for military purpose. This article released findings that had been made that concluded that the Northeastern corner of Alaska would be ideal for a wildlife protection area. As a response to this report, the United States Government decided to create two distinct areas in northeastern Alaska. The North Slope area along Prudhoe Bay was set aside for oil and gas production. This was in addition to the original National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska area. The second area was an 8.9 million acre wildlife reserve in the coastal plain region of Northeastern Alaska. This area became the Artic National Wildlife Range, later called the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. After vast amounts of oil were found in Prudhoe Bay, attempts at opening up the protected wildlife refuge were begun (http://arctic.fws.gov/). However, in 1980 the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act was passed. This act increased the size of the reserve to 19 million acres total. Specifically, it set aside 8 million acres for wilderness areas, 9.5 million acres for a wildlife refuge and 1.5 million acres for a Coastal Plain Study Area (http://www.anwr.org/). This 1.5 million acre study area was designated under section 1002 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (http://arctic.fws.gov/). This specific section of the wildlife reserve is where the current controversy is occurring.


Link http://www.unc.edu/~money/geography/history.html
 Double Cabin
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Posted: 11/23/2005 12:28:15 PM
Peranbran, there are some good recent threads on global warming and climate change.

Whether petroleum warms the earth significantly or not it certainly greys our skies. That itself warrants more substantial consideration of cleaner alternatives.
 Pearnbran
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Posted: 11/23/2005 5:34:03 PM
DC

Buddy don’t get me wrong!
It looks like you have the world by the short hairs.
With your great out doors job! ( if you need another guide give me a call!!)

Be it republican or democrat both sides of the isle should stand up and use the clean power sources that we do have IE cold fusion..

How ever, they wont let it ever happen because of the big dollars in oil.

And all the Kyoto Accord does is allow the emerging world countries pollute while the world powers pay stiff fines.

BTW Bill Clinton wont sign the Kyoto accord during his presidency.
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