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Senate votes for drilling in Alaska's ANWR

From Reuters:
The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, barely rejecting a Democratic-led attempt to strike the controversial 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, opponents said there was not enough oil in the refuge to lower gasoline prices significantly, and what crude is there would not get to the market for at least a decade. They also warned drilling would threaten ANWR's wildlife, which incudes migratory birds, polar bears and caribou.
Well, whatever we can do to maintain the appearance that we're coming up with solutions to our energy dependency, even if the solution barely makes a dent in meeting our supply needs and won't even be able to do that for years down the road. So what if we invade another refuge from man's adverse impact on Earth, even if the cost (to the environment) may be greater than any benefit. The end justifies the means, right? (Even if it is little more than a smoke-and-mirrors solution.) Bravo, Republicans... bravo.


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