Why lease ANWR?

If oil companies never produce oil from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain in Alaska, US consumers will still, volumetrically speaking, have the oil. That is, they will have the oil that they need and for which they can pay. If oil delivered under those terms doesn't come from Alaska, it will come from somewhere else, probably from outside the US.Oil from ANWR would not make the US self-sufficient in energy. It would not insulate US consumers from external influence on the price of gasoline or heating oil. It would not keep weather from spiking demand or from hampering distribution from time to time.If Congress allowed oil and gas leasing of the ANWR Coastal Plain and i...

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