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Poll Finds Support for ANWR Development

arctic refuge news Survey finds majority of Americans believe energy exploration, development and production in ANWR can reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Washington DC Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the purpose of exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas was supported by 53% of the American electorate in a survey conducted by The Luntz Research Companies.

The level of support jumps to a remarkable 67% of Americans, after hearing the pros and cons of ANWR development. Most Americans believe new domestic energy sources must be found in order to meet growing demand and protect our nation from an over-reliance on foreign sources of energy.

This country needs a comprehensive energy policy that will address Americans desire for ending dependency and diversifying supply. New areas of energy exploration, development and production such as ANWR could go a long way in reducing our dependence on the OPEC oil cartel and other foreign oil producers, Gail Phillips, co-chair, board of directors, Arctic Power said.

A full 69% of Americans are more angered at the fact that the U.S. is dependent on foreign oil than they are about the high cost of gasoline at the pump. America imports nearly 60 % of the oil consumed in the U.S. annually. Both Republicans and Democrats, when surveyed, agreed that Congress and the Presidents top energy priority must be to find a new and secure supply of American oil. ANWR represents a secure American supply of oil that could help reduce U.S. demand on foreign oil for the next 25 years or more.

The survey also sheds some light on the attitudes of Americans when it came to protecting the environment and responsible oil exploration. More than two-thirds of Americans believe that existing technologies could develop energy resources in ANWR in an environmentally friendly way. Of the 19 million acres that comprise ANWR, 92% would remain permanently closed to any kind of oil exploration and less than 2000 acres would be affected by production activity---less than half of one percent of the total acreage.

Other oil drilling operations in Alaska, such as at Prudhoe Bay, have proven that oil drilling does not harm wildlife. In fact, the Central Arctic caribou herd at Prudhoe Bay has grown from 3,000 to 25,000 during the past 20 years, all while American oil is being produced in the area. Senator Al Adams, co-chair, board of directors, Arctic Power said. We dont have to choose between the environment and national security, we can achieve both.

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