Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is likely to be approved soon by the Senate. Bush has been drooling over this since 2000, and it’s closer to reality now than ever before. Same as they did last year, the Republican leadership has inserted this bill into a major budget measure, which can’t be filibustered. Last year this tactic almost worked — until several Republican senators defected and voted against the drilling.
This year, with a larger majority in the Senate, Republicans are on the verge of realizing their longtime wet dream of raping the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
As they’ve been doing for several years, they’re trying to frame this as a national security issue — any oil we get from Alaska is oil we won’t be buying from OPEC. During the 2002 midterm elections, the mouth-breathing wing of the Republican party was actually accusing drilling opponents of loving Osama bin Laden and hating the 9/11 victims.
It’s been shown that improvements in gas mileage, and increased use of mass transit, would save more oil than the amount estimated to be in ANWR. But somehow this same national security paranoia never comes up when legislators are trying to pass energy conservation measures.