Tuesday, December 20, 2005

A Wilderness too ANWAR

Reuters reports, and we can only hope:

Senate Democrats have nearly enough votes to force Republicans to drop a provision attached to a massive defense spending bill that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the chamber's second-ranking Democrat said on Tuesday.


"ANWR is germane to the bill. Nothing is more germane and essential to national defense than energy," [Republican Alaska Senator Ted] Stevens said, adding that the Pentagon consumes about 112 million barrels of oil annually. "Extreme environmentalists think it (ANWR) is their playground, that they should set the policy for Alaska."

So, the Republicans admit that we're in Iraq because of oil? That's how it would be germane, no, Ted? Would the Pentagon consume that many barrels of oil if it wasn't invading sovereign nations? And let's cut tossing around the bogus "extreme" adjective. I don't think ANWR is my playground. I think it's a playground for caribou, polar bears and migratory birds. And we should let them keep it. Since they don't get votes, and even worse, there's no Polar Bear Pac to keep Stevens and the Republican candidate machine well-greased, then too bad for the flora and fauna. After all, since 2001 Ted Stevens has received almost 15% of all the $70 million the oil and gas industry has contributed to Republicans. Pretty good for being 1 of 100 Senators. Wonder what the oil and gas industry might want from Stevens, huh.


Blogger James Aach said...

I agree. ANWR is not worth the trouble. Which leaves us with the remaining energy sources to fulfill our needs (along with conservation). "Alternative energy" is nice, but there are huge costs and questions associated with replacing the current large power plants. Another potential source is nuclear power, which has radiation, waste and 50 years of Godzilla movies going for it. However, it's in the mix now since it's low on CO2, so it would be a good idea to understand it. That's where I come in. See http://RadDecision.blogspot.com for a new techno-thriller novel about the American nuclear industry, written by a longtime worker (me.) "Rad Decision" is free to readers.

"I'd like to see Rad Decision widely read." - Stewart Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog.

Take a look, you might find it entertaining.
Regards, James Aach jimaach@comcast.net

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