So the issue question of the week is whether drilling in ANWR would effectively reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
I doubt it.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, based on a 1998 study, there are 4.3 to 11.8 billion barrels of technically recoverable barrels of oil - though whether they are economically recoverable depends on the price of oil.
U.S. oil demand in the U.S. is currently about 22 million barrels per day. That suggests that ANWR has enough technically recoverable oil to meet American needs for between 6.5 and 17.5 months. It's not nothing, but we're not talking about a major impact. It doesn't seem worth the risk to me for what is ultimately a short-term fix anyway.
About hurricanes and the equator: Certainly the ocean water is warm enough. The problem is that within a few degrees latitude of the equator, there is not enough Coriolis Effect to get the hurricanes spinning. Because the earth is a sphere, it causes storms to spin counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. It follows that there is a band in the middle where this effect isn't pronounced. That spinning is causes wind to accelerate as it gets closer to the center, much like figure skaters spin faster as they pull their arms in.
For next week, just one question: Is there a scientific debate on global warming?