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Textwell, to add to what CSRules has said: Let's say they pulled some oil out of the reserves. If we can't refine it, how much good would that actually do then? Would it be even worth it???
Wait a moment we do refine oil in this country, correct me if I am wrong, I has always believe that the oil gets here from other countries then is refine in US and then send back to their countries of origin to be sale back to us again. Were I am from in PR we have a big oil refinery and during the 70,s I remember my parents making a big deal that it was sold to an Arab company and my father used to say that they were taking over the world.
"The Coastal Plain of ANWR's 1002 area is the nation's single greatest onshore oil reserve. The USGS estimates that it contains a mean expected value of 10.4 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil. To put that into context, the potential daily production from ANWR's 1002 area is larger than the current daily onshore oil production of any of the lower 48 states."
"ANWR could produce nearly 1.4 million barrels of oil, while Texas produces just more than one million barrels a day, California just less than one million barrels a day and Louisiana produces slightly more than 200,000 barrels a day."