Thursday, July 24, 2008

Drill, Drill, Drill or Conserve, Conserve, Conserve?

Should we open up currently off-limits Outer Continental Shelf and Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge lands to oil exploration or save those resources for future generations?

Is it all or none or is there some middle ground?

If you want to see that debate in-depth among oil industry insiders and scientists, check out this post by Robert Rapier on The Oil Drum that suggests a compromise and be sure to wade through the 130+ Comments. This popular blog regularly features energy experts and policy makers of all stripes and no statement is left unchallenged, but the exchange generally remains on a high intellectual plane, which is rare on sites that address this high-octane topic. 

Reading this blog, and especially the comments from experts, provides me with a healthy dose of humility about my level of expertise in terms of this extremely urgent but complex issue and it inspires me to learn more.

As Eric Hoffer said, "In times of drastic change, the learners will inherit the future, while the knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists." These are indeed times of drastic change.

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