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It seems completely insane for the United States to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be a contradiction in terms The Refuge was created to prevent exactly what the Bush administration is proposing to do One must question the timing of this plan Data compiled by the Center for Responsible Politics shows that gasoline and oil firms donated 1889206 to Bushs presidential campaign placing the industry among the top ten special interest contributors to Bush in Election 2000 Individuals connected with the oil industry contributed an additional 85500 while the Bush Presidential Inaugural Committee received 1 million in contributions from the gasoline and oil industries Palmer 23 First of all no one is even certain of how much oil there is in the Refuge The most accurate estimate is approximately 32 billion barrels Last year the United States consumed 7 billion barrels of oil At the current rate of usage this would last for roughly 166 days Swift 27 It is likely that any oil obtained from the Refuge would not last long enough to make a difference It would be like smashing a family heirloom to get a handful of pennies The United States is a gigantic oil addict And the brain of this beast the Bush Administration is doing exactly what the brain of any other addict would do get as much of the substance that it is addicted to no matter what the cost And the cost of this would be great Conservation is something that apparently the Bush Administration is not aware of The United States uses an incredibly disproportionate amount of oil relative to its population Public transportation alternative energy sources and automobiles that are more efficient are just three things that the United States could do to alleviate its dependence on oil The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that increasing fuel efficiency standards for new vehicles by just three miles
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