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Thursday, November 10, 2005

ANWR saved?

Wonder of wonders--the House of Representatives, den of wingnuttery extraordinaire, has actually dropped provisions for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge AND for drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts (which while having gotten much less publicity than ANWR might well have been far more destructive to the environment). The provisions were killed by, as AP puts it, "a solid phalanx of Republican moderates," something I thought had been extinct since the 1970's. AP cautions, however:
The Senate has included ANWR drilling in its budget bill and GOP leaders are likely to push hard for the final House-Senate version of the bill to include it.