March 18, 2005

ANWR, Finally Part II

AlexC's awesome ANWR post/pictoral immediately got me thinking of Jonah Goldberg's cover story for NR in 2001.

The good people at NRO have reposted it as a flashback piece.

In this sense the whole area is really just a Rorschach test for the imagination. There's little doubt that for much of human history most reasonable people would have considered this spot the definition of the word "godforsaken." You need not look back, for evidence, to the ancient pilgrims who died on the frozen tundra. You could simply read an old copy of the Washington Post from 14 years ago: "[T]hat part of the [ANWR] is one of the bleakest, most remote places on this continent, and there is hardly any other where drilling would have less impact on the surrounding life."

Two decades have intervened, and an environmental fatwa has been issued declaring that the word "pristine" is synonymous with "beautiful" or "sacred." Of course, anyone who has seen a mint-condition AMC Gremlin knows that pristineness and aesthetic appeal have only a coincidental relationship. Even ANWR fetishists concede that in the winter, with its complete darkness and 70-below-zero temperatures-not counting wind chill-this is no paradise.


It's a great story and well worth a read.

Posted by John Kranz at March 18, 2005 12:26 PM

The smut collection in Deadhorse, while largest above the Arctic Circle (not really that hard to be), really isn't more impressive than what you'd see at a newsstand.
Though, I must admit, I had never seen inflatable sheep until that day.

Posted by: AlexC at March 18, 2005 10:30 PM | What do you think? [1]