Here is the kinda crap I read everyday. Below is an article about the state of Pennsylvania leasing state lands for gas exploration.
"At a press conference Thursday, the governor(Ridge) called the total $190 million in high lease bids submitted by oil and gas companies a positive development when Pennsylvania has economic troubles. As state tax revenues drop, Mr. Rendell recently put a state government hiring freeze in effect.
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources opened the competitive bids earlier this month from companies seeking drilling access to 74,000 acres of state forest land in Tioga, Lycoming and Clinton counties. This leased acreage covers about 4 percent of the 2.1 million acres of state forest land."
Then I read this garbage in the Mercury News. "Among the best is Obama's opportunity to overturn some of Bush's worst executive orders... Obama shouldn't wait long to stop the federal Bureau of Land Management from opening about 360,000 acres in Utah to oil and gas drilling. The president-elect's transition chief, John Podesta, told reporters Sunday that Obama regards the acreage as too environmentally fragile to support drilling."
Has anybody bothered to look out the window in Pennsylvania? Envrionmentally fragile??
The 19 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) lies in the northeast corner of Alaska. The entire refuge lies north of the Arctic Circle and 1,300 miles south of the North Pole.
The Coastal Plain area, comprising 1.5 million acres on the northern edge of ANWR, is bordered on the north by the Beaufort Sea, on the east by the U.S. Canadian border, and on the west by the Canning River. The Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (both Alaska Native corporations) own 94,000 acres in the Coastal Plain surrounding the village of Kaktovik.
You can watch this movie to see that the area they are talking about exploring for oil is barren land. Prudoe Bay, which lies 100 miles west of ANWR taught the Inuits that responsbile oil and gas exploration and development can coexist in their homeland.