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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.

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*Can science help answer questions about how or if we should be using non-renewable energy resources? (ANWR answer)

Yes, Science can play a key role in helping determine many aspects and effects of human's use of non-renewable energy sources. Scientists can collect many types of data to help them analyze the many differences between using non-renewable or renewable energy sources and effectively determine the pros and cons of both. Science is also critical in helping determine if non-renewable sources are present, such as geothermal studies or other scientific testing for fossil fuels (natural gas, oil, petroleum, coal, shale oil, etc...) and if non-renewables' are present, science helps to determine how much is available and for how long it would be estimated to last (Bowden, 2010) . So, it is through science that all aspects of non-renewable fossil fuels are studied from ...

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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).

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