By David M Standlea
The worldwide intake of fossil fuels is dramatically emerging, whereas inversely, the availability is in everlasting decline. The ''end of oil'' threatens the very way forward for Western civilization. Oil, Globalization, and the battle for the Arctic safe haven examines the politics of drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic nationwide flora and fauna safe haven, and offers this controversy as a precursor of destiny ''resource wars'' the place principles and values collide and polarize. The reader is brought to the first individuals concerned: worldwide companies, politicians, nongovernmental organisations, indigenous peoples and organisations, and human rights/religious businesses. writer David M. Standlea argues in prefer of seeing this relatively ''local'' clash as a part of a bigger fight among the proponents of an alternate, confident imaginative and prescient for the long run and an American tradition shortly keen to sacrifice that destiny for instant profit.''Extremely proper and well timed, this publication not just addresses a critical drawback within the field—environmental politics—but additionally represents an immense try and remove darkness from the ideological dynamics of our time. this is often a great contribution to the rising box of worldwide studies.'' — Manfred B. Steger, writer of Globalism: the recent marketplace Ideology''This ebook makes an immense contribution to 1 of the good ethical and political debates of our time, highlighting points that aren't renowned or preferred in additional basic money owed to be had within the mass media. particularly major is its therapy of either aboriginal rights and the position of church buildings in connecting these rights to extra international matters in regards to the atmosphere. briefly, Standlea exhibits how the symbiotic dating of the Gwich’in to their surroundings is obviously a lens by which we will see and comprehend the actual, mental, and non secular stakes of our environmental difficulty. i'm sure that many will locate this paintings challenging—that is sweet; it's time to be challenged.'' — Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska
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POLITICAL STRATEGIES AND TACTICS If the war of ideas, values, and worldviews over the Arctic Refuge has illustrated an almost perfect example of polarized visions between neoconservatives and progressives in the American political landscape, then the values of the neoconservative and progressive worldviews absolutely extend to dictate the types of political tactics used by the respective belief systems. The pro-oil big business, Republican-led, neoconservative attempt to develop the Arctic Refuge has become increasingly characterized as a type of “take no prisoners” ideological war, led by the politicians of the Alaska State delegation, in conjunction with its extreme right political allies in the BushCheney administration.
The debate really began as soon as Alaska became a state. How would it be possible to treat the State of Alaska with respect and to allot to the state a substantial portion of the land that belonged to the American people? How would it be possible to honor the Natives who had been here since time immemorial and treat them fairly? How would it be possible to protect the incredible and unmatched beauty of Alaska? 10 When Carter took ofﬁce, another hero of the conservationist groups, Morris Udall, from Arizona, took over as chairman of the House of Representatives Interior Committee.
1 The refuge battle is a culmination of deep resentments and hatreds that have been developing since Alaska became a territory. The Anglo-Americans sought wealth and economic fortune in Alaska and did not care who stood in their way, a mind-set continued from the takeover of the American West. Importantly, the debate over the Arctic Refuge is not conﬁned to a current temporal generation; it is merely the apex of simmering, conﬂicting values over nothing less than a customary, unsustainable economic growth paradigm, personiﬁed by the white AngloAmerican incursion into an incredibly rich landscape of natural, biological, and indigenous cultural diversity.