I say, "Drill."
I grew up in Alaska. Nobody appreciates wilderness and the sheer beauty of The Great Land
like Alaskans. I can't tell you how many weeks and weekends I've spent deep into the heart of God's Country... backpacking, snowmachining, running rivers, fishing, camping, etc.
So why would anybody even suggest oil drilling/exploration in a pristine place such as this?
Well, they're not. There is a lie that is told about oil exploration up there and the lie is this:
Just for clarification...THE COASTAL PLAIN DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!
The coastal plain (where they have been trying to drill for a massive cache of oil reserves) is pictured in that top sliver up there colored yellow. The actual area where they want to drill is a pinpoint of that.
The majority of the year it looks like this:
In summer it looks like this:
Folks... it is a frozen desert up there. It is a vast wasteland. Ice, tundra, and permafrost. Nobody visits. Nobody wants to. We need the oil. We need the independance from foreign oil. It is good for Americans; it is good for Alaskans; it is good for the economy; and it doesn't hurt a darned thing.
I say, "Drill." And 75% of all Alaskans say the same thing.