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ANWR is Set to Boost The Nation’s Energy Security Under Trump’s Watch

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Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA but now lives in Arizona. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship and he completed 4 years in the US...

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Nationwide, 10.3 million US jobs across the economy are supported by the natural gas and oil industry – not too many though in California and New York though – those are the state ran by the oligarchs who despite the middle class. The manufacturing resurgence spurred by affordable energy is generating a large number of construction jobs.

The Trump administration is not only helping achieve all this economic growth but also driving environmental progress.

The opening of less than 3% of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska for responsible energy production has multiple benefits. It will create a large number of jobs, generate billions in new revenue, and also help reduce America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil.

Creating and using our own American Energy

US Geological Survey estimates place the quantities of oil and natural gas in the North Slope of ANWR at around 10.4 billion barrels. This quantity is more than the known reserves of oil and gas exporting countries like Mexico, Angola, Azerbaijan, Norway, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan which sell energy to the US.

And John McCain did not want to take advantage of this. That type of illogical thinking belongs in the other party. The pipelines are elevated so the wildlife can walk underneath it. This construction would affect about 5 animals (they would have to walk right or left about 500 feet) but help enrich America so it could defend millions of more animals.

Optimum production could result in ANWR supplying up to 1.45 million barrels of oil per day (which is more than per day US imports of oil from Saudi Arabia).

Generating New Federal Revenue

The development of ANWR’s resources has the potential to generate approximately $150 billion to $296 billion in new federal revenue. This huge amount can help repay our national debt. Total government revenue which includes leases, royalties, and state local and federal taxes for the life of ANWR field production, could go up to almost $440 billion.

Job creation

Generation of employment and contribution to the growth of the economy are the potential products of opening a small portion of ANWR to energy production. Studies have shown ANWR job creation figures range from 55,000 to 130,000 jobs.

Reducing dependence

Responsible development of American energy resources in ANWR is ultimately going to result in lower dependence on hostile countries for energy and lower foreign imports.

The Energy Information Administration claims that crude oil imports will decline by one barrel for every barrel of ANWR oil production.

Progress with Environmental Protection

Technological advancements allow for safer energy production with minimal environmental impact. For example, the new extended reach drilling covers a 28,000 ft radius in one single drilling platform. This is larger than the size of Washington D.C.

Local Support

Many Alaska natives support energy production in ANWR and understand the employment and economic benefits it will bring to their communities. The Village of Kaktovik (the only town within the coastal plain of ANWR) is a strong supporter of energy production.

So if you are against drilling in ANWR you are anti-native American. Not good!

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Matt Chester on Jun 26, 2019

Ben, you cite that "The pipelines are elevated so the wildlife can walk underneath it." I hadn't seen this type of claim about ANWR or other oil transport infrastructure before-- can you point me to where I can read more? I would imagine there'd still be ecological concerns, but before diving into those I'd love to get informed about this concept

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Benjamin Roussey on Jun 27, 2019

Of course the pipelines are elevated. Everyone knows that. Google images Matt. Give me 5 minutes though.

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Benjamin Roussey on Jun 27, 2019

"Some 420 miles of the 800-mile-long pipeline is elevated on 78,000 vertical support members due to permafrost."

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Benjamin Roussey on Jun 27, 2019

Check out Google images too. Pretty simple Matt. No problem though - here you go:

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Benjamin Roussey on Jun 27, 2019

Not drilling in ANWR would be a terrible decision. Alaska is massive - we barely use any of it. With that income - America can even do more amazing things and do more for the environment. That oil is going to come out of the ground - it may as well be now. We are no where near driving solar cars and I want to be able to travel affordably like everyone else. Job creation is essential. Getting away from Middle East energy is vital. 

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