Thursday, March 17, 2005

The War on the Environment

Conservatives finally got one of the top items on their wish list. The Senate approved drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR). What is especially galling is how they did it. Instead of calling for a vote on just this issue in a bill all its own, Senate Republicans slipped it in as a rider on the overall budget, making it impossible for Democrats to filibuster it. Why did they do it this way? Because they know.

  • They know that the majority of the American public opposes it.
  • They know that it would never win in a straight up or down vote on its own.
  • They know that there is only about a six month to a year supply contained in the reserve.
  • They know that it will be disastrous for the caribou herds in the region.
  • They know that environmental accidents will occur.
  • They know there is really no such thin as clean drilling technology.
  • They know that the positive economic impact for Alaska will be shortlived.
  • They know that any pipeline will spread the impact beyond the small area proposed for drilling.
  • They know that greater fuel efficiency vehicles would have a much greater impact on oil indepedence.

They know the only folks that are really going to benefit from this are the big oil companies. Or, as President Bush likes to call them: his base.

And you know what. We know too. Remind them that we know next time we vote.

And in the meantime, here are some things to do to indicate your displeasure.

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