Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Kiss your ANWR Goodbye

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said on Wednesday he was optimistic the new Congress would vote next year to allow oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge.

With Republicans in next year's 100-member Senate increasing their majority to 55 lawmakers, President Bush has his best chance yet for winning approval of a key part of his national energy plan -- opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling.

Destruction of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge now seems as inevitable as our eveloving failure in Iraq. A 1 MPG increase in the American auto fleet would save more oil in 5 years than ANWR will produce over its miserable life. But so-called conservatives are, of course, allergic to actual conservation.


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