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Non-Renewable Energy Resources (ANWR Example)

Can science help answer questions about how or if we should be using non-renewable energy resources?
To support your answer, select one example (e.g. oil in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, oil in the Middle East, mountaintop mining in Kentucky) and explain the role of science in the decision-making process.

Solution Summary

By applying science, geologists have estimated that there may be up to 10.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil resources in ANWR if properly drilled for and located. However, environmentalists have collected years of data that demonstrates there could be dramatic effects to specific ecological conditions if drilling occurred as there are specific species of birds and caribou along with reindeer that live only in that area of the world (Stewart, 2010).