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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Alaskan Pipeline
Aired:
03/16/2009
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The Trans-Alaska Pipeline changed just about everything and everyone it touched

 


American Experience

Alaskan Pipeline

Aired Monday, March 16, at 9:00 p.m. on CPTV 

Bringing Alaskan oil to market required one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. For more than three years, workers battled brutal Arctic weather to construct an 800-mile pipeline that would traverse three mountain ranges, 34 rivers and 800 streams, and that would withstand earthquakes and subzero temperatures. The men, machines and money the pipeline brought to Alaska would forever transform what had long been regarded America's last great wilderness.In the summer of 1977, Alaskan crude began to flow through the finished pipeline. Since then, the pipeline has delivered some 15 billion barrels of oil — half again as much as predicted, though hardly enough to break America’s dependence on foreign oil. Learn more...

The issues of energy independence and the ripple effect it has on foreign policy, homeland security and the environment are still very much in the forefront of national policy debates. Listen to "To Drill or Not to Drill," the July 9th episode of WNPR's Where We Live with John Dankosky and guests, Dan Esty, Environmental Law and Policy professor at Yale, and David Ridenour from the National Center for Public Policy Research. 

 


 
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