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SuperShyGuy21
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Is Drilling for oil on Alaska wildlife refuge locations ethical?

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Started: 5/6/2014 Category: Economics
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SuperShyGuy21

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Drilling for oil in various Alaskan wildlife parks is a heavily debated topic by not only the residents of Alaska, but the Alaskan government as well. I for one believe that it is completely ethical and necessary, as doing so reduces our nation's foreign oil dependencies, can provide more jobs for the nation's high unemployment rates, and has already been anticipated to happen by the Alaskan government. Allow me to elaborate. You see, the U.S. has a major foreign oil dependency. This can simultaneously create a lot of major problems, but for practical reasons I will only cover one during this round. By purchasing foreign oils from different countries, like the middle-east, the United States is indirectly funding terrorist organizations bent on destroying life in the U.S. as we know it. Secondly, the unemployment rate in the U.S. has the potential to be dramatically decreased. While a rate of 6.7% does not seem that large a number, 6.7% of 322 Million is, and with any unemployment rate, the goal is to lower it to a perfect 0%. Drilling on Alaskan wildlife refuge areas gives the U.S. the opportunity to create jobs and slash the unemployment rate dramatically. Finally, allow me to direct my opponent to the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. Known as ANWR this area has no trees, no wilderness, no rolling hills and little to no wildlife. The population of Alaska and their own government have been in favor of drilling here since the 1980's according to the state of Alaska's official government website. In summary, drilling on Alaska wildlife refuge areas lowers the foreign oil dependencies, creates jobs in the U.S. and has been intended to happen by the state of Alaska itself since the 1980's
TheDaftHatter

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It might lower foreign oil dependance but still its protected wildlife land. Even if they are sure animals don't live there what about migratory animals (I think birds mostly but still) that might pass through there? Alaska also is one of the prettiest states in the country would you really want to destroy that for the sake of oil?

Why not rather tan investing in destroying a natural landscape for fossil fuels put people back to work furnishing every home in america with solar panels instead? This in turn would get us to start weaning off fossil fuels in the long run.

What if we have another repeat of what happened down in the Gulf of Mexico? Now would you really want that for the sake of oil?
Debate Round No. 1
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