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Cost and Benefit Analysis: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Cost and Benefit Analysis: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Cost and Benefit Analysis: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Cost and Benefit Analysis: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
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Cost and Benefit Analysis: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Environmental Issue: One example of today’s environmental issues is the continuing debate regarding oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Visitors to this region can see wildlife ranging from polar bears to arctic foxes. Opponents worry that oil exploration would damage the fragile ecosystem. Proponents argue that the US needs to produce more oil domestically, rather than to depend on foreign oil. As energy needs increase and current supplies decrease, decision-makers will have to balance opinions and facts as they weigh the costs and benefits of any proposal.
Should the US drill oil in ANWR? Why/why not?

As you read the article Pros and Cons of Drilling in ANWR, write the cost and benefits of drilling for oil in ANWR in the corresponding spaces below.

Cost Benefits


Recommendation/s. Has your position changed because of the arguments you learned from this activity? Explain your answer thoroughly.


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Pros and Cons of Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)
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