Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Reader 1

Stephen Marks

Reader 2

Susan Castagnetto

Rights Information

© 2016 Maria A. Newman


My thesis examines the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which is the site of ongoing debate between environmentalists and the oil industry. I begin by analyzing both sides’ claims about the area’s value and establishing that the coastal zone of the ANWR, whose fate is the most precarious, should be protected for both environmental and cultural reasons. I then examine two methods for protection: the common law, and regulation. I conclude that only through proactive regulation can the ANWR continue to thrive.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.