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Debate: Oil Drilling in Alaska: Balance of econ dev. & environment protection?

Debate: Oil Drilling in Alaska: Balance of econ dev. & environment protection?
Debate: Oil Drilling in Alaska: Balance of econ dev. & environment protection?
Debate: Oil Drilling in Alaska: Balance of econ dev. & environment protection?
Debate: Oil Drilling in Alaska: Balance of econ dev. & environment protection?
Debate: Oil Drilling in Alaska: Balance of econ dev. & environment protection?
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Oil Drilling in Alaska
How can we balance economic development and environmental protection?

Background of the Issue:

The goals of economic growth and environmental protection are often in conflict. For example. Power plants provide energy, but they pollute their air. Dams supply water, but they destroy natural habitats. Finding a balance between growth and conservation may involve trade-offs. Use the timeline and the quotes by former President George W. Bush and Defenders of Wildlife to help you answer the questions and better understand the issue.


















The Debate Issue: Oil Drilling in Alaska

How can we balance economic development and environmental protection?


Background:
The Search for Oil. Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a large nature preserve with an abundance of wildlife. It may also contain large deposits of crude oil. Some people want to drill for this oil, while others believe oil drilling would ruin the pristine wilderness.

Task:
Read both sides of the debate below, and answer the questions after reading.

























Questions:
1. Compare- Why does the President Support drilling in the Arctic Refuge? Why Does Defender of Wildlife oppose it?
2. Analyze- How might Bush have responses to the creation of the National Park Service in 1916? Explain
3. Debate- Learn more about recent debates over opening up ANWR to oil exploration and create a brochure advocating for it, or against it.
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