Wednesday, March 16, 2005

ANWR (Not the Dude from American Idol)

A sharply divided Senate (by 51-49 vote) today voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge (this ANWR, not that Anwar) to oil drilling. Three facts: this was done via attaching a proposal to the budget (because the budget, unlike every other bill, cannot be challenged via filibuster) ; environmentalists are mad; and oil companies are happy. Knowing those three facts alone should give anyone pause.

During the several hours of debate yesterday, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., noted that that, even at peak production, ANWR would account for less than 2.5 percent of U.S. oil needs. “How in the world can this be the centerpiece of our energy policy?” Well, Dickie, Iraq is still the center of the "war on terror" policy, folks with questionable (at best) track records keep getting rewarded, and "news" now needs to be in quotations. I'd say this is par for the course.