- Feb 12, 2005
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This has been discussed many, many times, but with the rising cost of gas and oil, isn’t it time to drill in ANWR? It will take years before we get any oil from there into the market place. China is demanding more crude every year and even though ANWR will not give us a lot of oil, it would give us an independent source that we made need in ten or twenty years.
SourceDeveloping the refuge's oil - possibly as much as 10.4 billion barrels - would help allay U.S. reliance on foreign oil, which accounts for more than half of the crude Americans use. Dependence on foreign oil "creates a national security issue and an economic security issue," said Bush, urging lawmakers to include ANWR drilling in a broad energy bill.
Republican leaders in Congress hope instead to use a budget measure to get approval for drilling in ANWR, thereby preventing Democrats from using a filibuster to block it.