Friday, November 04, 2005

Hurray! ANWR to be drilled

Now gas will be cheap again, right?

Maybe not:
According to the recent Department of Energy analysis, the oil extracted from the Arctic Refuge will lower gas prices by just one penny when production hits its peak 20 years from now.
Meanwhile, calving grounds for caribou, nesting grounds for migratory birds, and the home of the mysterious musk oxen will all be at the whim of some drunk driver. (Yes, yes, they won't be using tankers, but you can bet there won't be many more popular hobbies in the oilfields than drinking heavily. And Prince William Sound is still recovering.)

Honestly, what's the point? I'll pay an extra penny at the pump, no problem.