ANWR, imports, and policy

Advocates of constructive energy policy in the US-including President George W. Bush-must focus on something other than oil imports. They follow anxiety over rising US import dependency into a rhetorical trap, the dangers of which become evident in a study published Feb. 15 by the World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington, DC.Entitled "Facing the US Oil Supply Problem: Would Opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Really Make a Difference?" the study notes a 1998 estimate by the US Geological Survey that ANWR offers reasonable hope for the discovery of 10.3 billion bbl of recoverable oil. WRI assesses the potential only in the context of import dependency. Energy security"We cann...

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