Friday, May 26, 2006

House Votes to Allow Drilling in Arctic Refuge

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Polar bears are dying due to currently unconfirmed causes, animals are changing their migratory patterns,  the ice caps are slowly melting and some people still just don't get it.   If man cannot learn to live in harmony with nature, man will not continue to live.   All for the sake of driving your SUVs and Hummers a few years longer.   plk
House Votes to Allow Drilling in Arctic Refuge


The House voted 225 to 201 yesterday to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, with proponents arguing that new domestic production will ease the nation's energy crunch.

Twenty-seven Democrats voted for Pombo's bill, which proponents say would add 10.4 billion barrels to the nation's oil reserves, and 30 Republicans voted against it.

House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-N.Y.), a key opponent, said that if the nation had adopted stricter fuel economy standards for vehicles when they were first proposed 11 years ago, they would have saved more oil than could be produced in the Arctic refuge.

Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), also a Resources Committee member, called "The American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act" a shortsighted approach to address rising gasoline prices.

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