Thursday, July 24, 2008

A deeper view of ANWR

A recent posting on GOAT, the blog from High Country News, offers a radically different view of the Bush Administration's recent and ongoing focus on opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development: It's a straw man. The author argues that it has nothing to do with increasing oil production or lowering gas prices -- and that the oil companies don't even really want to develop it because of the cost and difficulties of the region.

The Bush Administration, though, the blog contends, keeps pushing the issue to keep the big national environmental groups distracted and competing to save this popular, glamorous place -- keeping the big environmental groups' money, eyes, energy, and media off what the oil companies really covet: America's public lands.

Food for thought, there ...

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