While there’s much outcry about the recent U.S. Senate vote to permit oil-drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the measure’s future is uncertain in the House. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, a republican from Alexander, says he’d support the move, if proper considerations are followed. Latham says “If things can be done in a very environmentally friendly way, we certainly have desperate needs as far as lessening our dependency on foreign oil.” Latham says the budget bill that includes the oil-drilling provision also contains opportunities for renewable resources like ethanol, soy diesel, biomass and wind energy. Latham says he hopes the nation gets a legitimate energy bill. He says it’ll include incentives for ethanol, soy diesel, biomass and wind energy, which he describes as having tremendous potential for growth in Iowa as renewable resources. Latham says the U.S. needs to try to do everything possible to not be so dependent on importing oil.The U.S. Geological Survey says ANWR’s coastal plain represents the largest untapped oil reserve in the United States, containing between six and 16-billion barrels. The nation currently uses about 20-millon barrels a day.
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