There is enough oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to supply the US at our present rate of usage for more than 200 years. The space that ANWR occupies in Alaska is equivalent to a postage stamp in the Mojave Desert.
Note where the proposed drilling area is: In the "ANWR Coastal Plain":
This is what the Democrats, Liberals and "greens" show you when they talk about ANWR. Well, OK, these are photographs taken within the Refuge....
Isn't ANWR Beautiful?!! Why would we drill here and destroy this natural beauty?
Well.... That really isn't the truth. Take another look at the maps above. The proposed drilling area is located on the ANWR Coastal Plain.
Do those photographs look like a coastal plain to you?
What's really going on here? The answer is simple. The opponents to drilling are lying to the American public about where the drilling will occur and what the effects would really be.
This is what the proposed oil exploration area actually looks like in the winter:
Here's a screen capture of the area from Google Earth:
As you can see, the proposed exploration area is a barren wasteland.
And they speak of the concerns about the effect on local wildlife? Here's a photo (taken during the summertime) of the "depleted wildlife" created by the drilling around Prudhoe Bay. Are those caribou protesting the development?
Here's that same spot in the wintertime:
The Prudhoe bay area accounts for 17% of U.S. domestic oil production.
Now, why do you think the Democrats continue to lie about ANWR? Remember when Al Gore said the government should work to raise gas prices to $5.00 a gallon? Remember when Dr. Steven Chu of the Obama Administration said that "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe."? At the time gasoline prices in Europe were $9.79 per gallon. Do you remember when Obama himself state that under his plan your "energy prices would necessarily skyrocket"?
And this is what it actually looks like in the summertime:
This bear seems to really hate the pipeline near Prudhoe Bay.