Myth Busting—Drilling

Expanding off-shore drilling and/or drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) will lower gas prices and make us more energy independent. And the technology is so good now, it won't negatively impact wildlife.

It will take so long to get that oil out of the ground, it won't affect the price for years, and it will not make us more energy independent, because all oil goes into a common global market. Furthermore, research has shown that drilling in these areas would negatively impact wildlife and the environment.

 

Apart from all these disadvantages, if we expand off-shore drilling and drill in ANWR we will only pump even more CO2 into the atmosphere and prolonging our addiction to oil. We need to move away from reliance on this old and dirty technology and invest time and money in efficient, clean technology.


Oil and the Price of Addiction

The Energy Information Administration (EIA), an agency created by Congress in 1977 as the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, conducted a study on the impact of new offshore drilling. They found that, if started now, new drilling would not begin before 2017. Peak oil production would not happen until 2030 with a production of 200,000 barrels of oil per day, that is, an increase of 1.6%. A drop in the bucket (or barrel).

 

Of course, this will not be our oil. The leases for new drilling will be bought by multi-national companies like Exxon Mobil. They will sell the oil on the international market to the highest bidder (probably China). According to the EIA "oil prices are determined on the international market, however, any impact on average wellhead prices is expected to be insignificant." So, that relief at the gas pump that the politicians are promising with the removal of the drilling moratorium will never happen.


For more information on the EIA, go to their website:

Energy Information Administration website

 

Myth Busted by Jeremy Waites

Impact of Drilling on Wildlife and the Environment

 

 

The Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, the World Wildlife Fund, WWF, Friends of the Earth, Nature Conservancy and many other charitable organizations have warned that drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf would negatively impact the environment, wildlife and local communities.

 

 

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was designated as such because of its incredible and unique ecosystems. The largest refuge in the United States and one of the most fragile, ANWR is home to thousands of plant and animal species that have co-existed with one another, and the small Inupiat communities, for thousands of years. Disrupting the migration of even one species could have a devastating effect on the whole refuge. As Americans, we should be proud of our National and State Parks, our Wildness areas and National Wildlife Refuges, some of the most comprehensive systems of nature preservation in the world, and we should be prepared to work to keep them.

 

NRDC statement on ANWR [Link]

NRDC statement on off-shore drilling [PDF]