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February 3, 2009
Palin makes the case for drilling in ANWR
So, President Barack Obama (D) wants a stimulus plan, full of "shovel ready" projects which will increase employment, reduce our dependency on foreign energy sources and increase tax revenues. And oh yes, it should be green friendly. Well, Governor Sarah Palin (R-Alaska), writing in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, has a plan
The case for drilling in ANWR
Oil from ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) represents a huge, secure domestic supply that could help satisfy U.S. demand for more than 25 years.
•ANWR sits within a 20 million-acre refuge (the size of South Carolina), but thanks to advanced technology like directional drilling, the aggregated drilling footprint would be less than 2,000 acres (about one-quarter the size of Dulles Airport). This is like laying a 2-by-3-foot welcome mat on a basketball court.
•Energy development is quite compatible with the protection of our wildlife and their habitat. For example, North Slope caribou herds have grown and remained healthy throughout more than three decades of oil development. Most of the year, our coastal plain is frozen solid and thus characterized by low biological productivity.
•ANWR development would create hundreds of thousands of good American jobs, positively affecting every state by providing a safe energy supply and generating demand for goods and services.
Now these are critical times so hopefully he won't be prejudiced against this plan merely because its proponent is a woman from fly over (or never) country. Oh, and since he speaks of bipartisanship, perhaps he won't dismiss these ideas because they come from a Republican. One who ran against his team.