Clumsy Deception

This is the picture of ANWR that environmentalists would like people to believe is the small area where drilling would take place.  “Environmentalists … say the site is a critical habitat for hundreds of animal species, including foxes, polar bears, and caribou, and therefore in need of protection”, according to an article in Mother Jones.  The article goes on the quote a representative from the Natural Resources Defense Council who said, “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the crowned jewels of our public lands. Drilling there would totally mar this beautiful place.”

 

The truth is almost the exact opposite.  The area designated for potential drilling, called 1002, is about 100 miles from the Brooks Range that is shown is this picture and can best be described as frozen tundra.  It is located on Alaska’s  coastal plain, close to the eskimo village of Katovik and the Beaufort Sea.. The picture below is more a more realistic representation.

 

 

ANWR, as I indicated in an earlier post, is about the size of South Carolina—32,000 square miles while the 1002 area is approximately 19 square miles.  Drilling in 1002 equivalent to putting Dulles Airport on an undeveloped South Carolina.  There is no, no, compelling logic or science to show how the development of 1002, if commercial quantities of oil are discovered, would disrupt ANWR’s environment or the wildlife that live there.  The same arguments were used 40 years ago when Prudhoe Bay was developed.  Then, they represented environmental hyperventilating; now they are just not just fake news and very deceptive at that. The media should know that.

The papers that print trash like the Mother Jones article have only one use, as a former Governor of Louisiana once said of a national newspaper, to line the bottom of bird cages.

 

Author: billo38@icloud.com

Founder and president of Solutions Consulting which focuses on public policy issues, strategic planning, and strategic communications.

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