Senate Republicans have added a provision to their tax plan that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling. The left is going apoplectic, but this is really a payoff to ensure Alaska's senators support the tax bill. It is also good public policy. The United States is increasingly energy independent and cannot be shaken down by Venezuela or Iran over oil prices. ANWR will open up further oil and natural gas reserves.
Environmentalists and other leftwing groups will complain, but remember one fact. If ANWR with all is wild beauty were the size of a football field, the drilling space for ANWR would be the equivalent of a postage stamp on that football field. It would be very small. But that small footprint will boost our energy independence and make us less susceptible to OPEC and third world kleptocratic shakedowns.