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ANWR Drilling means less risk of oil spills compared to importing from foreign countries
Driessen, Congress of Racial Equality and Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow Senior Policy
Adviser, 7-06-08

(Paul, The Washington Times, “Time to Drill”, p. Lexis, Date Accessed: 7-17-08)

Congressional "experts" also argue that U.S. energy prices are high, "because Americans consume 25 percent of the world's oil,
while possessing only 3 percent of its proven oil reserves." Possession has nothing to do with prices - any more than owning a
library, but never opening the books, improves intellectual abilities. It is production that matters - and the United States has
locked up vast energy resources. Not just an estimated 169 billion barrels of oil in the Outer Continental Shelf, Rockies, Great
Lakes, Southwest and ANWR - but also natural gas, coal and uranium. "Proven reserves" are resources that drilling has
confirmed exist and can be produced with current technology and prices. By banning drilling, politicians ensure that U.S.
reserves continue to decline, as we deplete existing deposits and cannot discover new ones. The rhetoric is clever - but
disingenuous, fraudulent and harmful. The U.S. Geological Survey says it's 95 percent likely there are 15.6 billion barrels
of oil beneath ANWR. With today's prices and technology, 60 percent of that is recoverable. At $135 a barrel, that
represents $1.3 trillion that would not go to Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. It means lower prices and
reduced risks of oil spills from tankers carrying foreign crude

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