Many people don’t want to endanger the pristineness of the arctic. It is one of the few untouched places left in the world. Many indigenuous and threatened/endangered species inhabit there and the loss of their habitat could lead to their demise. Indigenuous people and locals fear they would lost their way of life if drilling is allowed, like fishermen. The environment is very fragile, so any change made to it will likely be irreversible. The amount of oil and natural gas estimated to exist in the Arctic is actually very little, so it would not meet our growing demand for fossil fuels in the long run. The cost to benefit comparison is heavy on the cost side, so that’s why many people are resistant to drilling in the arctic.
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