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Finding Black Amidst the White One hot topic among todays environmentalists conservationists and everyday people alike is the debate on whether drilling should occur in ANWR Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Refuge One of the largest wildlife refuges in Alaska ANWR is 196 acres and contains large amounts of petroleum Drilling in ANWR is not a new debate as it has continued for years but it has been heating up as of late People have always speculated that this petroleum if harvested would harm the environment That is not necessarily true With new methods of retrieval and increased technology environmental risks can be greatly reduced and as a result drilling could prove to be a positive step in providing Americans with a reliable source of oil The argument has stood that drilling in the ANWR is not worth the money the oil brings in But the value of the oil is far beyond monetary harvesting oil from an American source means that the US does not need to cross the Atlantic Ocean and risk American lives just to get oil The only problem lies with environmentalists who feel that the Alaskan wild is an environmental gem and only natural home to the caribou They feel that drilling could ruin the area and the habitat of many Alaskan animals not just the caribou The ANWR contains hundreds of species of mosses grasses wildflowers and shrubs and it is a prime habitat for caribou moose wolf lynx fox wolverine musk ox three species of bear and many others E Magazine The main concern is that the native caribou would be removed from their natural habitat a move that would possibly lead to their extinction Of the ANWRs 19 million acres only a very small portion of the area would be necessary to extract the oil When Congress in 1980 more than doubled the size of the Arctic Wildlife Range they created
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