In any case, Nicole wasn’t about to pass up a golden opportunity to insult a politician. “Well, Congresswoman, when someone discounts the effects of certain legislation on the majority of indigenous people who live there, I can only assume that they are either ignorant or incompetent.”
The congresswoman at first wasn’t sure if Nicole had insulted her or the senator. Nicole, aware of this, decided to make it very clear. “The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act serves only those interested in oil and does very little to provide refuge to a way of life. While setting aside a rather large amount of land for parks and refuge, the gains of allowing companies to drill for oil unconditionally does nothing for the people who live off that land except destroy their very existence. It allows for drilling before surveys can be conducted to determine if the amount of oil is of sufficient quantity to warrant the cost of excavation, that cost being not only the cost to the companies who want to drill, but its effect on the D2 lands, which were lands withdrawn from a previous act by the Department of Interior and designated for development. These D2 lands have a greater degree of ecological diversity than any other similar-sized area of Alaska’s North Slope. I’m not even mentioning the effect this would have on the native people that have lived there for generations.
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