Drilling in ANWR
By David Holcberg (USA Today, March 22, 2005)
We should applaud the Senators who voted to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. It is too bad they didn't open all of it.
Oil and gas are the lifeblood of industrial civilization. Without them we wouldn't be able to run our cars, heat our homes, cool our offices, light our streets, or power our machinery. Drilling in ANWR will increase the supply of energy and thus will directly benefit human life.
Opponents of drilling, however, value wilderness as an end in itself and are indifferent to human life. Hopefully, this victory for man will be the first of a long series of defeats for environmentalists.