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2005

A voice for the wilderness

07/13/05

On the White House design to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a certain person said: 'One is entitled to wonder about this administration's concern over energy security. A policy that continues primary emphasis on digging up a little more fragile land for a little more oil is not a substitute for a sound, long-range energy program and, in fact, will perpetuate our increasing dependence on foreign oil.' That could have been said today as President Bush drives Congress to the brink of drilling. The House passed an energy bill that would allow oil drilling in the refuge. In the Senate, Republicans are avoiding a Democratic filibuster by placing drilling in a separate budget bill. Once again, neither the House nor the Senate endorsed the most obvious way to reduce our dependence on foreign oil: raising automotive fuel economy. Actually, the above concern for the refuge was voiced 18 years ago by Gaylord Nelson...

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from Boston Globe, by Derrick Z. Jackson


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
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