During his Oval Office Oil Spill speech Tuesday night the President said:
…part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean – because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.
Well, there are plenty of places to drill on land. One is ANWR in Alaska. Drilling at ANWR would generate hundreds of millions of barrels of oil. It would provide tens of thousands of American jobs while reducing oil imports, something the President keeps saying he wants.
But due entirely to deceptive propaganda from the environmental lobby most Americans are misinformed about ANWR.
The inconvenient truth is revealed in these winter and summer photos of ANWR’s barren, coastal plain, the section originally set aside by Congress in 1980 for oil drilling.
Using modern technology to explore for, and extract oil from a barren, frozen plain looks like this…
In 1980 legislation called the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), Congress designated part of ANWR a wildlife refuge, part a wilderness area. Congress also designated the Coastal Plain, the northern-most 8% of ANWR, an oil exploration and drilling zone, which is now called the “1002 Area,” named for the section of ANILCA.
The Coastal Plain/1002 area is completely flat and barren with no trees, hills, or mountains. Most of the year it’s covered with snow and ice and shows virtually no life. During the six week “summer” the coastal plain is dotted with thousands of lakes and is covered by boggy tundra on permafrost (permanently frozen ground).