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Argument: Drilling in ANWR is an essential part of reducing US foreign dependence on oil

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  • The USA needs urgently to reduce its dependence on foreign oil producers. At present the United States needs 10 million barrels of imported oil a day, and much of this comes from unstable or unfriendly areas of the world, for example the Persian Gulf, Nigeria, Venezuela and Iran. National security depends upon ensuring that the American economy is never held hostage to foreign oil interests, and the government should act to achieve energy independence. An important part of this is the exploitation of untapped US reserves, including the huge ANWR oil fields in Alaska.

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