Monday, February 2, 2009

The Case For ANWR

I found this gem while perusing Memeorandum.

Let's not forget: Only six months ago, oil was selling for nearly $150 per barrel, while Americans were paying $4 a gallon and more for gasoline. And today, there is potential for prices to rebound as OPEC asserts its market power and as Russia disrupts needed natural gas to Europe for the second time in three years.

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•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.

Touches quite a few bases. She's been criticized for being only about energy. But when the basis of the economy for the entire country has been built on cheap, plentiful energy, it becomes much more than just energy. Jobs to mine the oil, build the pipeline, and refine the oil. Not to mention all the butchers and bakers and barbers and tailors to support those jobs. Sure, it is simplified but it is just scratching the surface. To get to a little redder meat, energy jobs will be actual jobs, injecting wealth into the economy and strengthening the dollar. Instead of the current stimulus bill going through congress, which will dump printed money into the economy to help create inflation and make work jobs.

Drilling in ANWR is the change this country needs.

Cross posted at Conservatives For Palin.

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