America's Environmental Imperialism
At a time when U.S. crude oil production has fallen 40% in the last 25 years, 75 billion barrels of oil have been declared off-limits, according to the Energy Information Administration. That would be enough to replace every barrel of non-North American imports for 22 years, nearly a quarter-century of energy independence.
The entire Arctic refuge is 1/3 the size of the U.K. and the drilling site would be 1/7 the size of Manhattan. The footprint is tiny.
Moreover, forbidding drilling there does not prevent despoliation. It merely exports it. The crude oil we're not getting from the Arctic we import instead from places like the Niger Delta in Nigeria, where millions live and where the resulting pollution and oil spillages poison the lives of many of the world's most wretchedly poor (see photo above of oil spill in Nigeria). Our environmental imperialism redistributes pollution to people who can least afford it.
~Charles Krauthammer, Critical Thinking on Energy