A bit of good news. There won’t be any drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for a little while.

Drilling was at the heart of Bush’s energy policies from the moment he took office, and the Republican-controlled House obliged him last summer by adopting it as part of its huge energy package. Yet, even after declaring the drilling essential to the nation’s long-term security and energy independence after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the president could not overcome potent Democratic opposition in the Senate and an unusually intense lobbying effort by environmentalists who declared the vote the ultimate litmus test for lawmakers.

A Stinging Repudiation Engineered by 3 Democrats.
One thing I learned from this article is that the two main advocates of drilling are Alaska Republicans, which is, um, fishy, considering that most of their constituents oppose the drilling.

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