Drilling in the ANWR is an economic necessity. The high cost of oil over the past few years has meant misery for millions of Americans who cannot afford high gas prices for their automobiles, or heating oil for their homes. These costs are also hitting the wider economy and threatening American prosperity. Only by bringing more oil to the market can prices be driven down. Opening up the ANWR is also necessary to the Alaskan economy, bringing investment and safeguarding jobs as well as the way of life on America’s last frontier.