Friday, August 22, 2008
Politics / Woods
Marsha's Big Alaskan Adventure
by Jeff Woods
on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 8:53 AM
Here's her report.
Marsha stepped out of the plane, looked around and didn't see much. That convinced her that we ought to drill for oil there. Her logic is overwhelming.
“When I went to ANWR I expected to see a pristine wilderness teeming with wildlife who knew that this tiny refuge was their only safe haven. What I discovered was a broad area just a little bit smaller than the state of Tennessee. The nearest mountain is 30 miles away and the closest tree is 70 miles past that. In this vast and desolate landscape, we only need to drill in an area roughly 10% the size of Franklin and 20% of Germantown, TN. That operation would mean as many as 750,000 new American jobs. These are jobs that would otherwise go to oil producing countries like Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, or Russia. I return to Tennessee even more convinced that we need to drill here and drill now.”
Actually, Marsha, there's stuff there in the wildlife refuge. Lots and lots of birds, caribou, polar bears and grizzlies too, wolves, foxes, wolverines, even these bizarre ancient looking creatures called muskoxen. Trust me, Marsha. Wildlife is there.
You just didn't happen to see any, but other people have. The Arctic isn't like Brentwood, where the Starbucks and the nail salon and everything is right there within easy driving distance in your SUV. Wildlife is sometimes hard to find. Somebody probably should have explained that to you. But that's OK, you'll know better next time.
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is back from her fact-finding mission to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.