Friday, January 05, 2007

The best news I've heard today . . .

From the AP -

Democrats push for Alaska drilling ban

"Opponents of oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge are going on the offense after playing defense for a quarter of a century. They want the new Democratic Congress to make an oft-challenged drilling ban permanent. Legislation introduced in the House on Friday would make the oil-rich 1.2 million-acre coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a permanently protected wilderness and end repeated efforts to open the area east of the Prudhoe oil field to energy companies. "The consensus is that there should not be drilling in the refuge, so the logical next step is to pass legislation which turns it into a wilderness," Rep. Edward Markey (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., chief sponsor of the legislation, said in an interview.

Markey has introduced similar legislation in each of the last three congressional sessions. However, the House has approved drilling in the refuge a half dozen times, only to see the effort die in the Senate were supporters couldn't muster the 60 votes to overcome a likely filibuster.
This time, with Democrats in the majority and a number of moderate Republicans on record as opposed to drilling, Markey believe he has a good chance in the House to go one step farther and declare the refuge permanently off-limits to oil development.

A co-sponsor of the bill is Rep. Jim Ramstad (news, bio, voting record), R-Minn."

Besides the petty joy I would get from yet another of the items on Bush's "to-do" list being defeated, I think protecting our remaining wilderness and wildlife is truly important.


Blogger GetFlix said...

And may they also extend the solar/wind tax credits past 2007. In fact, let's make them permanent!!

8:18 PM  
Blogger PixieGaf said...

I hope the drilling ban passes.

8:37 PM  
Blogger ffleur said...

I hope the drilling ban passes. It would be a crime to desecrate that pristine wilderness with oil rigs.

Hey - did you guys see the MYTHBUSTERS episode where the guys proved a car (that normally uses diesel) can work with vegetable oil?

So Esso and all the other oil companies just need to hook a pipe up to McDonalds et al and voila. The only air pollution would be an overwhelming smell of french fries and McNuggets.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Totally agree - the wave of the future HAS to be alternative energy

7:36 AM  
Blogger prunella jones said...

Hope we never get another "oil man" as president.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is this Mythbusters? On second thought... don't tell me.

11:17 AM  
Blogger v said...

Thanks for posting this bit of good news. I read the Dems are also pushing for ethics reform. Hopefully the reform will have real bite.

1:15 PM  
Blogger LA said...

There's actually a chance for this now that Bush's cronies aren't running the show.

Pru - It's up to us voters to keep the oil cartel out of the oval office.

ffleur - There were a group of students from Dartmouth who drove a bus running on vegetable oil cross country this summer.

11:36 AM  
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