Krauthammer's comments on the need for additional Alaskan North Slope oil in the decades to come was right on the mark.
As someone who was involved in the Washington controversy over the building of the Trans Alaskan Pipeline more than a decade ago, I too have a feeling of deja vu when reading accounts of the current opposition.
The doomsday predictions of the opponents that the North Slope environment, and particularly the wildlife, would be ravaged by oil development have not materialized.
What has materialized has been a major source of domestic crude oil which has given the U.S. leverage when dealing with foreign oil producers, including the members of OPEC. Some estimates in Washington today indicate that a major discovery on the Coastal Plain of ANWR would be able to keep the world price of oil down by about $9 a barrel in the late 1990s, and that's in 1984 dollars!