Presidential Historian: Obama Could Permanently Ban ANWR Drilling
Still more than two months from his inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama has started promoting his policies and naming some of his advisers. And according to one historian, he could be developing a plan to permanently block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Douglas Brinkley, a noted presidential historian and professor at
“I think what they’re trying to do is in the Obama administration, start pointing out some clear divot spots where they’re going to deviate from the Bush administration –things like Guantanamo, things that, ‘No, we are not going to be for drilling around parks,’” Brinkley said.
“I wouldn’t be surprised in the coming year if you see someplace like ANWR in Alaska turn from being a wildlife refuge run by U.S. Fish and Wildlife and turn over to becoming a National Monument where you couldn’t drill. So you’re going to be, and that’s because you’re going to have to do some things sort of on the cheap,” he said.
Dobbs asked Brinkley how Obama might try to overcome hurdles if gas prices were to return to their summer highs. Brinkley said that in lieu of drilling in the
“Where do you make up the oil if you put ANWR away as a national monument, if you decide not to do a major drilling project in the Gulf, where do you get the oil?” Brinkley asked. “It’s either through trade in the Middle East or increased productivity with
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