Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is located in northeastern Alaska (North Slope Region) and covers about 19,049,236 acres (79,318 kmĀ²). It was established in 1960 by the Eisenhower administration as a wildlife reserve.

Sigh! Such beauty

The Arctic Refuge is home to 45 species of land and marine mammals, from the pygmy shrew to the bowhead whale. The 36 species of land mammals include bears (polar, grizzly, and black), wolves, wolverines, Dall sheep, moose, muskox, and free-roaming caribou. There are also 36 species of fish and more than 180 species of birds.

Polar Bear numbers having been decreasing

It is one of the most pristine places on Earth (Antarctica is another).

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (US Fish and Wildlife Service - Alaska)

On Thursday, 3 November 2005, the US Senate voted to sell oil leases within the Arctic Refuge within two years. President Bush claimed that this additional domestic oil supply would lower gasoline prices and energy bills and that technology would ensure little impact on the land or wildlife.

The 'no impact' drill rig

The United States now uses about 7.3 billion barrels of oil a year. The Arctic Refuge site may yield 10.5 billion barrels.

News item from CNN

Given that global warming is going to kill off most of the species in the Wildlife Refuge, heck, why not plunder it ahead of time, given the increasing price of petroleum?

What I don't understand is President Bush claiming that increased domestic production would lower prices. Mr Bush, the markets determine the prices. When was West Texas Crude ever significantly lower in price relative to Brent Crude or North Sea oil, etc?

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


I had a wonderful long fur brush last night. I had my cooked chicken last night for dinner (out of the choices).

Tonight I also had more cooked chicken, but it was corn-fed (from the leg/drumstick - my human is such a cheapskate!).


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