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White House Can't Win ANWR Debate, Says Environmentalist
CNSNews ^ | 2/27/02 | Matt Pyeatt

Posted on 03/02/2002 5:49:50 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

As the U.S. Senate prepared Wednesday to debate the nation's energy needs, environmental groups blasted the Republican plan to drill for oil in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and said the White House lacked enough votes to win Senate passage of the measure.

The ANWR drilling provision appeared headed for passage in the Senate Energy Committee earlier this month until Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) yanked the entire bill from the committee and moved it directly to the Senate floor.

At the time, Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking Republican on the Energy panel, said he had "never seen an instance where jurisdiction was pulled from a committee like this."

Daschle's move means the ANWR provision will now have to be introduced on the Senate floor as an amendment to the Democratic version of the energy bill and collect 60 votes.

Even the Bush administration's recent attempt to compromise and confine the oil drilling to only a third of the Arctic refuge's 1.5 million acres will fail, according to Jaime Rappaport Clark, senior vice president for conservation programs at the National Wildlife Federation

"It is clear that the White House and drilling proponents do not have the votes to open up the coastal plains, the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, to oil drilling," Clark said.

"They don't have the votes because the public and a number of open-minded senators recognize the irreparable harm that drilling would do to the wilderness character, to the wildlife value and to the environment of one of the most pristine places left on earth," Clark said.

She added that the region is "too wild to waste" and accused the Bush administration of taking last-minute steps "to exploit and wreck the refuge."

"They think they can pull it off by selling this drilling ploy as a balanced proposal. Let me tell you, from what I know, it is about as balanced as Enron's books," Clark said.

Among those supporting the ANWR proposal are officials of the Teamsters' Union, who argue that not only would oil drilling in the refuge reduce America's reliance on foreign oil but it would also produce thousands of high-paying jobs.

The Senate is scheduled to hear debate for several weeks before voting on a final version of the Kerry-Hollings bill, named for Democratic Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Ernest Hollings of South Carolina. Republicans will try to install their provisions as amendments to the Kerry-Hollings bill.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: 2004election; alaska; anwr; carbontax; election2004; energy; energylist; enviralists; hoffa; jameshoffa; jamesphoffa; jimmyhoffa; johnkerry; kenyanbornmuzzie; lurch; methane; opec; petroleum; teamsters
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I think you might have missed the sarcasm in my first post.;-)

I am all for drilling and know the area they want to drill is a wasteland.

One part of this picture I don't have is when some of the anti-drillers say thet the rest of the North Slope is open for drilling. Do you know any of the history as to why the spot that has the oil was the spot to be protected? Did they know the oil was there when it was made a refuge?

21 posted on 03/02/2002 7:12:23 AM PST by StriperSniper
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To: NittanyLion
Thanks. Is this the same reasoning used to prevent the economic stimulus bill from coming to the floor for a vote?

Just curious.

22 posted on 03/02/2002 7:17:28 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: StriperSniper
We knew there was oil 2 decades ago, oil companies were drooling at the opportunity to drill. It began dcades ago was enhanced by Carter and the drilling was prohibited by a Clinton veto.
23 posted on 03/02/2002 7:38:34 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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The Rats care although for different reasons. They want to either make the resolve an issue for elections, something they can solve, or a means to government control.
25 posted on 03/02/2002 8:04:31 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
The article is probably right. The fix is in. As long as Daschle controls the Senate, nothing constructive will be accomplished. He will use any corrupt measures necessary to block useful legislation. Then he will try to blame Bush for any economic and security problems that result.

That makes it vital to elect more Republicans to congress, especially to the Senate, this fall.

27 posted on 03/02/2002 8:22:33 AM PST by Cicero
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To: Cicero
What happens to the bills in the Senate after the election?
28 posted on 03/02/2002 8:30:29 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Miss Marple
I agree!Jimmy Hoffa should get out there and campaign for Drilling in ANWR!The only thing that The DemoRats and their EnviroWacko backers have is to sow fear of pollution!!The FACTS support drilling and development!!!These DemoRats should be branded for the TRAITORS that they TRULY ARE!!!!DasHole cares nought for this country(unless it can be served up to him and The DemoRats on a silver platter)!!!!!!!!!"W"has to keep(as his trump-card)EXECUTIVE ORDER!!!!!!!!!!!!
30 posted on 03/02/2002 9:08:06 AM PST by bandleader
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To: bandleader
How has the Mexican border issue affected Hoffa?
31 posted on 03/02/2002 9:21:53 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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32 posted on 03/02/2002 10:04:02 AM PST by Free the USA
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