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Oil from ANWR shot down again

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Gas pump prices are causing us to gasp. We’re laying out 33 percent more at the supermarket checkout. The rising cost of everything petroleum-based is sucking the life out of our discretionary income. Our economy is seriously stumbling. So, it’s time for Congress to take action! And last week it did . . . it screwed up as usual!

Once again the House Natural Resources Committee, specifically the Democrats on the Committee, demonstrated their affinity for kissing the butts of extreme environmentalists. Apparently, these Dems prefer to watch us all struggle rather than adopt a reasonable program to develop our largest untapped oil field under the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

There are more than 10 billion barrels of oil under ANWR in Alaska’s coastal arctic region. ANWR is huge, covering 19 million acres. Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) proposed an amendment that would have allowed for oil exploration in just a minuscule 2,000-acre section of ANWR. Check it out: that’s only 2000 acres out of 19.6 million!

What’s more, with today’s advanced, environmentally safe drilling technology, massive amounts of this crude could be extracted from such a tiny area of access. So, who in his right mind could object to that, especially in light of our current energy dilemma? Answer: the Democrats in Congress! For the record, every Democrat in attendance voted against ANWR oil production except for Rep. Solomon Ortiz of Texas. Conversely, every Republican in attendance voted for the amendment. It lost 12-18, however.

Democratic opposition to drilling in ANWR goes back to ’95 when President Bill Clinton vetoed a bill that allowed for oil production in ANWR. If Clinton hadn't vetoed that bill, ANWR would now be supplying us with more than one million barrels of oil per day. Moreover, it’s estimated ANWR could supply that amount for nearly 30 years!

I remember when the Democrats took control of Congress in January, 2007. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, promised the new Democrat majority would fix the rising gas prices. Now to be fair, she didn’t exactly say when they’d do that – so we’re still waiting. And, she said that gas prices have increased more than $1.25/gallon. 

How depressing it is to witness partisan party politics deny us needed access to our nation’s largest untapped oil field. It makes me think there could be some real wisdom in the title of Ann Coulter’s book: “If Democrats had Any Brains, They’d be Republicans.”

Amen!

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