With gas prices at record highs, the debate over American energy independence is one that the new Republican congress is sure to revisit. That debate has in the past been marred by scare-rhetoric from environmental extremists, who along with their allies in the Democrat Party would be almost giddy to see the return of horse and buggy days if they could figure out what to do about the greenhouse gases all those horses would emit.
The Artic National Wildlife Refuge is at the center of the debate. It is the size of the state of South Carolina, yet the area under discussion for energy explotation is the size of a small development on Hilton Head; approximately 2,000 acres.
The following flash movie, presented by the people who actually live in this arctic wilderness brings perspective and clarity to the issue. As you watch the polar bears play on exisiting piplelines at Prudhoe Bay and the Caribou frolic in the shadows of oil equipment, keep in mind the doom and gloom scenario rabid environmentalists want you to believe.
ANWR Flash Movie