Just got back from the gas station.
I think my credit card actually whimpered on its way to the little slider thing.
Sad, sad day.
The end of all that is right and makes sense for heavens sake!
It makes me grumpy.
And when I get grumpy about gas prices, then I get grumpy about where we get the majority of our oil from and then I get mad about ANWR and then, well then…I thought about my blog. I know…try and keep up.
On my blog I try really hard to be neutral about politics and other such stuff that might run the risk of garnering rude comments. I cannot handle rejection AT ALL. Total rejection pansy.
But today….for one brief blog—that's going to change. I need to speak my mind on this. So buckle up—it might get a little bumpy. (Just kidding, rejection pansy, remember????)
My husband works as an Electrician in the oilfields of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Specifically, Kuparuk. Right now he works 2 weeks on (up at the Slope) and 2 weeks off (at home with us) but there have been 6 weeks on and 1 week off, 3 and 3, and once—a 10 and 1! So we are very happy with 2 and 2.
Phil took most of these pictures. You can’t just visit Prudhoe Bay. You have to work there. They have a lottery every year that you can enter and if you win you can have a few relatives over the age of 14 fly up a and take a little tour. My 2 oldest daughters have done that, so a few of the photographs are theirs.
Most of the buildings look a lot like this one-
And the area around the buildings look a lot like this---without snow--
And this –with snow----I don’t have too many with snow because its so cold you can’t easily take any pictures…
And since it is the head of THE Pipeline there are pipes everywhere…..
He sleeps in a building that looks a lot like this one….they have a room with a bed and a bathroom—much like a dorm room. He has the same room each time he goes up. Then another guy stays in it for the 2 weeks that he is home with us.
While he is up there they feed him 3 meals a day plus there is a snack bar open all the time. They clean their bedding for them too. All he has to do is his own laundry. It is a rough life for these guys up there. They have a movie theater and a racquet ball court---everything!
But even with all the buildings and such going on—they are very careful of the environment. The workers cannot go very far from the camps and yet my husband was still able to get this picture of a mama and her babies. The animals are not threatened or harmed in any way.
Just because there is an oil field doesn’t mean you won’t have wildlife. “For example, the Central Arctic caribou herd at Prudhoe Bay has grown from 3,000 to as high as 23,400 during the last 20 years.”—Making the Case for ANWR
They use a lot of cutting edge technology up there. My husband volunteers for a group (MAD) that practices/drills during their off time--- during the times of year without ice—to learn how to clean up oil spills in these boats….
He’s the incredibly handsome one in the sunglasses and white hat… who in this picture is the pilot taking out the local and federal authorities to demonstrate their skills to make sure they are following all guidelines……
The US imports over 65% of the nations needed petroleum.
It is projected that there is 3-9 billion barrels of recoverable oil beneath ANWR.
Only 1/2 of 1% of the 19 million acres of ANWR is allowed to be considered for exploration.
ANWR lies in the top northeast corner of Alaska.
The entire refuge lies north of the Arctic Circle and 1,300 miles south of the North Pole.
It is completely flat and barren with no trees, hills, or mountains.
Nine months of the year is covered with snow and ice and practically void of life.
Three of the months are in total 24 hour darkness.
JUST WHAT IS IT WE ARE PROTECTING??!!
It’s not about my husband having a job—there is enough oil in Prudhoe to see him through to retirement.
It is about not understanding why our government chooses to rely so heavily on overseas petroleum when we could be getting it right here at home.
And why do I just keep paying $4 gallon at the pump and just say I’ll worry about it tomorrow?
Just some info and thoughts that keep running around in my brain—thought I would share/vent—
How do you all feel about the oil crisis in this country? (Did you see how brave I was there? Opening myself up to rejection?? Ack! Be gentle!)