Opening the refuge would do little to meet our energy needs and nothing to reduce prices.
Not one drop would come from the refuge for 10 years. At its peak, drilling would cut our reliance on imports by only 4 percentage points and the price of gas by just one penny.
Others claim it can't hurt. They're wrong: It would hurt badly. Oil companies drilling on the neighboring North Slope have caused, on average, 504 spills annually since 1996. They have released almost 2 million gallons of toxic substances, most commonly diesel, crude and hydraulic oil. Just one spill can significantly damage this fragile ecosystem.
504 spills annually since 1996: that's 4,536 spills on the north slope already. The Exxon Valdez spill hasn't even been fully cleaned up either!
The Congress has stuck the ANWR drilling proposal into the military budget bill, and sent it on to the Senate. I find it a pleasant surprise that a publication that I assumed to be conservative (read: hard right) would take this principled stand on the facts. It's a great article, laying out the truth in a manner simple enough that even the Oval Office Seat Warmer could understand it, if he wanted to learn something new.