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    US Senate backs oil drilling in Alaskan refuge
    03 Nov 2005 18:10:50 GMT

    Source: Reuters

    (Adds lawmakers' comments, vote for ANWR oil exports, background)

    By Tom Doggett

    WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), narrowly rejecting a Democratic attempt to strike the plan from a budget bill.

    Drilling supporters said developing the refuge's 10.4 billion barrels of crude would raise $2.4 billion in leasing fees for the government, reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil imports and create thousands of American jobs.

    However, it remains far from clear whether a final version of a federal budget-cutting package can be approved by both chambers. The U.S. House of Representatives plan would open ANWR to drilling, but also aims to cut politically sensitive programs such as food stamps and Medicaid.

    ANWR is "the nation's single greatest prospect for future oil," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

    Opponents said there was not enough oil in the refuge to lower gasoline prices by more than a penny per gallon, and what crude is there would not get to the market for at least a decade. They also warned drilling would threaten ANWR's habitat for migratory birds, polar bears, caribou and other animals.

    "America wants a better energy plan than putting a sweetheart deal (for oil companies) in the budget," said Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington, who was the main sponsor the amendment to strike the drilling language.

    "Let's not pollute one of the last great remaining wildlife refuges in America," she said, referring to more than 500 oil spills that occur annually on the nearby Alaskan North Slope.

    The Senate voted 48 (yes) to 51 (no) on her amendment to remove the ANWR provision from the budget bill.

    Lawmakers also voted, 83 to 16, to ban ANWR oil from being exported to China and other countries to ensure the crude stays in the U.S. market.

    ANWR sprawls across 19 million acres, about the size of South Carolina. Republicans have sought to pry open the refuge to energy exploration for more than two decades, while Democrats and environmental groups have argued that Congress should focus on stricter energy conservation measures.

    Under both Senate and House drilling plans, the refuge's 1.5 million-acre coastal plain would be opened for energy exploration, but no more than 2,000 acres of the surface area could be covered by production and support facilities, such as airstrips and piers to hold up pipelines.

    The Senate is expected to approve this week a bill cutting federal spending by around $35 billion over five years. The House of Representatives' version seeks to slash more than $50 billion, and a floor vote has not yet been scheduled. The spending cuts are intended to help reduce the federal budget deficit.[/b][/quote]

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N03317387.htm
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  • #2
    Why don't they add to this bill something about alternative sources? Are we really stuck with a reliance on oil?
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    • #3
      Bullshit, an increase in 2 MPG would have done the same thing.
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      • #4
        QUOTE(dvyyyyyy @ Nov 3 2005, 02:45 PM) Quoted post

        Why don't they add to this bill something about alternative sources? Are we really stuck with a reliance on oil?
        [/b][/quote]

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        • #5
          this will solve everything!
          Are you on the list?

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          • #6
            QUOTE(dvyyyyyy @ Nov 3 2005, 01:45 PM) Quoted post

            Why don't they add to this bill something about alternative sources? Are we really stuck with a reliance on oil?
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            I'm no expert, but it is my understanding that the market reason for this is that drilling for oil is relatively cheap. When drilling becomes more expensive -- because the remaining oil is not so close to the earth's surface -- it will be more cost effective to consider alternative forms of fuel.
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            Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

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            • #7
              But they think the oil in ANWR is the same as what was in the reserve that Clinton wanted to tap, and at that time they said that amount of oil would mean very little if anything. So why NOW is it so important?
              Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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              • #8
                Sentence fragments and weird capitalization - I love it when yaks posts. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
                If you believe in something sacrifice a hobo to it or don't bother.

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(Turd Ferguson @ Nov 3 2005, 04:27 PM) Quoted post

                  Sentence fragments and weird capitalization - I love it when yaks posts. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
                  [/b][/quote]

                  LVR, jr?

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(Dr.Gonzo @ Nov 3 2005, 04:31 PM) Quoted post

                    QUOTE(Turd Ferguson @ Nov 3 2005, 04:27 PM) Quoted post

                    Sentence fragments and weird capitalization - I love it when yaks posts. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
                    [/b][/quote]

                    LVR, jr?
                    [/b][/quote]

                    He's a part-time college man now. Gotta show off that big brain.

                    Moon

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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(Dr.Gonzo @ Nov 3 2005, 04:31 PM) Quoted post

                      QUOTE(Turd Ferguson @ Nov 3 2005, 04:27 PM) Quoted post

                      Sentence fragments and weird capitalization - I love it when yaks posts. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
                      [/b][/quote]

                      LVR, jr?
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                      But I don't own a sweatervest - and my shoes are comfortable.


                      QUOTE(Moon Man @ Nov 3 2005, 04:32 PM) Quoted post

                      QUOTE(Dr.Gonzo @ Nov 3 2005, 04:31 PM) Quoted post

                      QUOTE(Turd Ferguson @ Nov 3 2005, 04:27 PM) Quoted post

                      Sentence fragments and weird capitalization - I love it when yaks posts. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img]
                      [/b][/quote]

                      LVR, jr?
                      [/b][/quote]

                      He's a part-time college man now. Gotta show off that big brain.

                      Moon
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                      Exactly. I'm reading and writing shit. Respeck.
                      If you believe in something sacrifice a hobo to it or don't bother.

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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(madyaks @ Nov 3 2005, 03:54 PM) Quoted post

                        But they think the oil in ANWR is the same as what was in the reserve that Clinton wanted to tap, and at that time they said that amount of oil would mean very little if anything. So why NOW is it so important?
                        [/b][/quote]


                        Because Now we have a republican president & GOP controlled congress.

                        The RAPING of America(ns) Mission Accomplished!

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(madyaks @ Nov 3 2005, 06:54 PM) Quoted post

                          But they think the oil in ANWR is the same as what was in the reserve that Clinton wanted to tap, and at that time they said that amount of oil would mean very little if anything. So why NOW is it so important?
                          [/b][/quote]
                          Just to piss off the liberals. No other reason.

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                          • #14
                            Remember the early days of W's presidency? Way back in early 2001? ANWR drilling was practically the biggest issue of all. If this board had existed in those days, the ANWR thread would have been multiple pages. Now it's a mere blip on the radar.

                            I gotta' hand it to GDub. Maybe he is brilliant.
                            But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??
                            ...

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                            • #15
                              It will help me keep my job at GM a few more years. Long live W! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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