The Federalist Digest --
From Issue #01-19brf

For The Record

ANWAR — from an Alaska reader's perspective...

  • An average home lot is 50' x 100' or 5,000 square feet or 720,000 square inches.
  • Alaska is about 378,000,000 acres in size.
  • If we compare Alaska with an average home lot we get a representation of 525 acres per square inch.
  • The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge covers 19,500,000 acres; that's 37,142.857 square inches or about 16' x 16' on your lot.
  • The area we need to open up for exploration is 1,500,000 acres; that's 2,857.143 square inches or about 4.5' x 4.5' on your lot.
  • The actual area occupied for exploration is around 2,000 acres or 3.809 square inches on your lot. That is a spot a little less that 2" x 2" or the about the size of a 35mm slide mount.

The United States is about 3,615,100 square miles. Alaska is about 591,000 square miles or about 16% of the U.S. landmass. If your lot represents the state of Alaska, then from that 2"x2" spot you would supply all the energy needs for yourself and five of your neighbors for the next 30 years or more.

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9 may 2001