Oil Drilling In Alaska

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is being auctioned off for oil drilling. What does that mean for us and the land?

The Alaskan Pipeline cuts through the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge.

The Alaskan Pipeline cuts through the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge.

For the past 40 years, the ongoing question of whether or not there should be oil drilling in Alaska has been surfacing. In the past year Trump Administration has been pushing for oil drilling sales, especially in the last months of his presidency. You may be asking yourself, what are the advantages and disadvantages of oil drilling in Alaska?

To start off on a positive note, there will be an increase on the world’s oil supply. Not to mention the increase in the U.S. economy and new jobs. Lastly, oil drilling is one of the easiest sources of energy to produce.

Now on the contrary oil drilling is one of the leading causes of global warming.  Global warming is one of the key reasons polar bears could go extinct. Also impacted, we can’t forget the Gwich’in and Inupiat people. who rely on the caribou there as their primary food source. More 270 specifies inhabit the area and this causes a threat for all of them. Luckily for us we have organizations like The Wilderness Society who are dedicated to protecting this land. They have made petitions and encouraged people to send emails in order to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

As of today, President Joe Biden has blocked all oil drilling in the northeast Alaska refuge in hopes to undo the possible consequences.