ANWR development arguments and their limitations

While many arguments have been offered for and against petroleum development in the 1002 Area, the most reasoned of these confirms that far more than "resources" are at issue.As noted in Part 1 of this series, the debate encompasses political, scientific, and symbolic dimensions of longstanding complexity. True enough, the area has become a "poster issue" both for environmentalism in the US and for the domestic energy industry. Yet, in reality, polarizing the debate too simply can distort one's understanding of it.Not all portions of the energy industry are wildly prodevelopment. Not all environmentalists and wildlife biologists are categorically opposed (minimizing impacts may be the...

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