I am sure that there are reasons for caution in exploiting natural
resources anywhere but scare tactics based on political expediency are
One of the main points of opposition to drilling at ANWR seems to be the concerns about the effect on the local wildlife. So, let’s see how wildlife is being affected at Prudhoe Bay, about 100 miles west of ANWR. The bear is strolling along a Prudhoe Bay pipeline. It would appear that he is taking advantage of the pipeline, not avoiding it.
Notice these well-fed Caribou. They are grazing and generally hanging out next
to a Prudhoe Bay facility. Does it look like they are being subjected
to undue stress? We should all be so laid back.
From these images, one might conclude that caribou and bears have adapted to the presence of oil wells and pipelines in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Perhaps the same will be true for ANWR. Maybe we should do some actual research instead of generating rumors.
Who benefits financially from extending our dependency on foreign oil?
Inquiring minds want to know.
And for those who claim that these bears are Photoshopped, here are a few more images to admire. Bear and pipelines, you can’t seem to keep them apart. What is the world coming to?