Sunday, March 30, 2003

Mmm.. salmon...

The Bush administration says they'll continue to push for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ANWR drilling opponents remain equally committed to stopping the administration. Among my favorite arguments against ANWR drilling is this statement from an engineering professor: "Wildlife refuges ought to be the one place where wildlife interests come first."

So what exactly are "wildlife interests"? It's not as if wildlife are an organized lobby like the AARP. Frankly, different wildlife segments likely have conflicting interests. For example, if you're a bear living in ANWR, you're biggest concern is probably acquiring more salmon to eat. The salmon, by contrast, would probably prefer laws that protect their right not to be eaten by bears. You see the dilema?

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