Let’s Drill?!

As discussed here, the GOP Tax Plan that was passed recently allows for drilling on land that was previously protected such as national parks and wildlife refuges.

Recently, the president stated that he didn’t really care about the land in Alaska that was included in this plan until an oil executive expressed an interest (Jolin, 2018). Once this was known, including this refuge in the bill was paramount.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is located in the northeastern corner of Alaska and is home to all kinds of different animals, but most importantly is the primary calving ground for the Porcupine Caribou. 

Whether or not to drill on this land has been a huge debate over the last 40 years or so, and now our government has made it possible.


who cares?

Caring about things is hard. I understand that. There are only so many hours in a day and you probably don’t have time to care about the Porcupine Caribou. So, instead of caring about that, just ask yourself who benefits most from removing protections from a wildlife refuge in order to be able to drill for oil?

If you want to keep caring, here are questions to ask yourself:

  1. Why was the president not concerned about this refuge until approached by someone from the oil industry?
  2. Why has this land been the subject of debate for over 40 years?
  3. What do we (the people) gain from this drilling?
  4. What does the government gain from this drilling?
  5. What does the oil industry gain from this drilling?
  6. How does a Porcupine Caribou not fall over from all that weight on its head?
  7. What will happen to the wildlife living in this area of Alaska once the drilling starts?
  8. What are the risks of drilling?


Joling, D. (2018, February 1). Trump explains support for oil drilling in Arctic refuge. Retrieved February 02, 2018, https://apnews.com/19f9a1c309f44ca48d8b128b96431d05/Trump-explains-support-for-oil-drilling-in-Arctic-refuge?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=APWestRegion

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