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QOTD: Drilling in the Wilderness July 31, 2008

Posted by federalist in Energy.
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Rick Bookstaber has a knack for satire:

Just because I am that kind of a guy, me and a bunch of my like-minded buddies headed up to the pristine Alaskan wilderness and staked out an area about the size of Manhattan. We then brought in bulldozers and destroyed every trace of vegetation, ripped up the top soil, layered the entire area with discarded tires and sprinkled the top with empty plastic water bottles. Or maybe we didn’t.

But you will never know, because you have never been to Alaska. And you never will be. And even if you do go up there, you will never be able to find where we did or didn’t do this, because in the scale of things, it is like we took a divot on a golf course.

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1. federalist - September 1, 2008

Michele Bachmann provided added color to political opposition to drilling in ANWR by pointing out the contrast with the NPR, another area of Alaska where drilling is not forbidden:

The Democrats’ focus on the National Petroleum Reserve is also striking. While it contains comparable known reserves to ANWR — 10.6 billion barrels compared to an estimated 10.4 billion barrels in the wildlife refuge — its fields are spread over 23 million acres. The portion of ANWR territory that should be opened to exploration covers a mere 2,000 acres. The National Petroleum Reserve’s fields are a little over 250 miles from the current pipeline infrastructure, while ANWR is only 75 miles away. To top it off, currently there is no production in the National Petroleum Reserve because of ongoing litigation.


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