Friday night topic: Drill in ANWR?

With gas prices going through the roof and an obvious tangle of geopolitical problems surrounding oil-producing nations, some folks think the U.S. should allow exploratory drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (and offshore in various places where it's currently restricted) in order to take advantage of potentially vast domestic oil reserves that are currently lying dormant. John McCain and Barack Obama both oppose drilling in ANWR, apparently because they wish to leave ANWR "pristine" and "unspoiled." Proponents argue that modern, directional drilling techniques tend not to do great or permanent harm to the landscape, and some even argue the area proposed for exploration in ANWR isn't exactly the zenith of natural beauty, anyhow.

So the question is: Should we allow drilling in ANWR? What do you think? Why or why not?


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