May 11, 2010

A future oil spill for Alaska?

"Environmentalists to Argue Against Arctic Drilling" was published by the Fairbanks Daily News Miner on May 6th and it basically says that Earthjustice wants Alaska / US to reconsider drilling up north because of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While reading this article it made me think "what if we did have an oil spill up North?" and I automatically knew that it wouldn't be pretty; the environmentalists would blame the greedy oil companies, etc.

I guess there are two different sides to this story in that environmentalists want what is best for our environment and our animals that inhabit our beautiful Alaska land, and some Alaskans, the US, and the oil companies want oil and money. The social paradigm being used in this article is Critical Power Conflict Theory because the groups in our society are in continual conflict and it seems as if the oil companies have more power than the environmentalists. The oil companies are trying to gain control over the scarce resource, oil, and oppress the environmentalists. The oil companies are trying to explain themselves and justify why they should disrupt our land to get this oil... I'm pretty sure if we were to ask one of the oil companies (BP) they would say that the chance of having an oil spill is so slight, blah, blah, blah. But when it comes to reality, the possibility is very high and it just happened a few weeks ago in the Gulf of Mexico.

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