Yes to Drilling in ANWR
By David Holcberg (The Anchorage Daily News, June 7, 2006)
The House is to be applauded for voting to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
Oil and gas are the lifeblood of our 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 impervious to the great benefit we gain from oil production. Hopefully, this victory for man will be the first of a long series of defeats for environmentalists.