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 Post subject: Another Loss: Alaska Wildlife Refuge Will Be Drilled
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 1:13 am 
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This is almost as sickening as the second stolen election was in Nov. :cry:


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.

The Senate, by a 51-49 vote, rejected an attempt by Democrats and GOP moderates to remove a refuge drilling provision from next year's budget, preventing opponents from using a filibuster -- a tactic that has blocked repeated past attempts to open the Alaska refuge to oil companies.

The action, assuming Congress agrees on a budget, clears the way for approving drilling in the refuge later this year, drilling supporters said.

The oil industry has sought for more than two decades to get access to what is believed to be billions of barrels of oil beneath the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the northern eastern corner of Alaska. (Map)

Environmentalists have fought such development and argued that despite improve environmental controls a web of pipelines and drilling platforms would harm calving caribou, polar bears and millions of migratory birds that use the coastal plain.

Bush has called tapping the reserve's oil a critical part of the nation's energy security and a way to reduce America's reliance on imported oil, which account for more than half of the 20 million barrels of crude use daily. The Alaska refuge could supply as much as 1 million barrels day at peak production, drilling supporters said.

"We won't see this oil for 10 years. It will have minimal impact," argued Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, a co-sponsor of the amendment that would have stripped the arctic refuge provision from the budget document. It is "foolish to say oil development and a wildlife refuge can coexist," she said.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, argued that more oil would be saved if Congress enacted an energy policy focusing on conservation, more efficient cars and trucks and increased reliance on renewable fuels and expanded oil development in the deep-water Gulf where there are significant reserves.

"The fact is (drilling in ANWR) is going to be destructive," said Kerry.

But drilling proponents argued that modern drilling technology can safeguard the refuge and still tap the likely -- though not yet certain -- 10.4 billion barrels of crude in the refuge.

"Some people say we ought to conserve more. They say we ought to conserve instead of producing this oil," said Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico, "But we need to do everything. We have to conserve and produce where we can."

The vote Wednesday contrasted with the last time the Senate took up the ANWR drilling issue two years ago. Then, an attempt to include it in the budget was defeated. But drilling supporters gained strength last November when Republicans picked up three additional seats, all senators who favored drilling in the refuge.

Opponents of drilling complained that Republicans this time were trying "an end run" by attaching the refuge provisions to the budget, a tactic that would allow the measure to pass with a majority vote.

"It's the only way around a filibuster" which requires 60 votes to overcome, countered Stevens.

The 19-million-acre refuge was set aside for protection by President Eisenhower in 1960, but Congress in 1980 said its 1.5 million acre coastal plain could be opened to oil development if Congress specifically authorizes it.

Bush, who has urged Congress repeatedly to allow oil companies to tap the refuge's crude, said Wednesday it's "a way to get some additional reserves here at home on the books."

Who voted and how:

To Allow Drill:

***Akaka (D-HI)***
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Frist (R-TN)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
***Inouye (D-HI)***
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
***Landrieu (D-LA)***
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)


Not to Drill:

Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Chafee (R-RI)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCain (R-AZ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wyden (D-OR)

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 Post subject: Drilling / Oil ...
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:09 pm 
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I think these quotes sum it up quite well.

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb.

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The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. ~Jean-Paul Kauffmann.

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What You Get When You Hook Up With The Power Company:
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1. Never ending source of pollution from the production of the
electricity at the source
2. Mining of a finite resource
3. Visual pollution around the land
4. High voltage towers and cabling cris- crossing the landscape
5. Support of a local monopoly
6. Ever increasing price for electricity
7. Crappy energy consuming buildings
8. Power failures, blackouts, and poor quality power

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We are firm believers in nuclear power. It has proven to be a reliable source of energy in the past and will continue to be reliable in the future.

However, we really only need one power plant to supply us. It needs to have good distribution over most of the populated areas and easily available to anyone. It should be a proven design with no maintenance required and last a very long time without any upgrades or modifications. There should be no waste to deal with and be inaccessible to terrorists for their use.

Such a power plant already exists. It is 93,000,000 miles away but, oh, so easy to hook up to.

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It's impractical to imagine that we can stop driving altogether, but we can REDUCE our driving if we would. I think that is a possibility. As the summer comes along, perhaps we could mow our lawns a bit less, too. Just brainstorm ways to fight the big oil companies and see what you come up with.


Here are a few ways I've seen today around the internet:

Buy all your gasoline from CITGO, if they're in your area.
CITGO is wholly owned by Venezuela, and sells that socialist oil!
Prices are good, too. (from fomojes at www.smirkingchimp.com)


Not many choices in my area, but there is a Shell; I was unaware of the fact that it gives the least amount of cash to the pugs, and it is no big deal for me to buy from them from now on. (from noordinaryspider at same site.)

I'd recommend a book from The Union of Concerned Scientists called The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices. It provides sensible guidelines for responsible consumption, backed up by solid statistics. At the same time, it points out the things that some well-meaning people obsess over (e.g. paper vs. plastic, cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers), but shouldn't, given their negligible effect. (from RufusTFirefly at same site.)

Please check out Sen. Boxer's note in the Activism Forum.

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If we are supposed to use every way we can to keep our energy supply available, why did the Rs all vote against the CAFE standards last year? Isn't better mileage for vehicles in that category?

Sen. Feingold said the energy companies don't want to drill in Alaska, and it was said the oil would go on the foreign market. So what is this drilling in Alaska really all about?

Rs being Rs.


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It's the same attitude toward the Refuge that they have toward Social Security...because it's there.

Along with just being Repressive Repugs, too. :evil:

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The oil under this wilderness will last the US six months. But soon the drilling will begin...

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/international ... 38,00.html

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Nothing says this oil will be used for domestic purposes. It could go on the world market. Just depends on where it will bring in the most money.

Just think, destroying ANWR to send oil to Japan.


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