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04/22/2005 05:06 PM ID: 47623 Permalink   

House Okays Drilling in Alaska

 

The House approved a highly debated energy bill today, allowing for drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge.

The bill passed with a 249 to 183 vote, stifling attempts by Democrats to raise fuel efficiency standards and reduce energy consumption.

Provisions of the bill also provide protection to companies that produce methyl tertiary butyl ether, a gasoline additive that helps it meet clean air regulations.

 
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  Inadequate governing skills...  
 
How the hell is a wildlife refuge a refuge if its even considered for oil drilling?


Honestly what the f***?!
 
  by: luc1dDr3am     04/22/2005 05:38 PM     
  Oh great  
 
While it reduces air pollution, especially carbon monoxide, Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) readily dissolves in water, can move rapidly through soils and aquifers, is resistant to microbial decomposition and is difficult to remove in water treatment. The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has classified MTBE as a potential human carcinogen. Anyone'd think they're going out of their way to kill ppl and wreck the environment.
 
  by: Flashby     04/22/2005 07:32 PM     
  @luc1dDr3am  
 
Sssh, there there. In the new America, we have new logic now...see Fox News or listen to AM radio to begin the indoctrination, errr, the education. Then you'll understand how a bill that restricts freedoms in a land of the free is called the Patriot Act, how you can commit numerous shady dealings and still be a moral leader, how measures which loosen environmental regulations are environmental health bills, and so forth.
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     04/22/2005 07:39 PM     
  MoC...  
 
Your forgot the one about keeping people in a vegatative state forever, and at the same time eliminating any hopes of health care coverage to help keep them that way.
Maybe that's their plan. Eliminate health care and Social Security and poison everyone into a vegatative state with methyl tertiary butyl ether. Did you see the movie, "Coma"? Hmmmmmmm.
 
  by: lurker     04/22/2005 07:44 PM     
  @lurker  
 
Heh, I was just offering a few examples...I think we both know how long a comprehensive list of various spin and contradictions from this administration would take to create. After all, this is the same government which is staunchly "pro-military" while it supplies the soldiers poorly in action and cuts the benefits they receive after they return home and funding for VA hospitals.
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     04/22/2005 07:55 PM     
  @lurker  
 
Heh, I was just offering a few examples...I think we both know how long a comprehensive list of various spin and contradictions from this administration would take to create. After all, this is the same government which is staunchly "pro-military" while it supplies the soldiers poorly in action and cuts the benefits they receive after they return home and funding for VA hospitals.
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     04/22/2005 08:01 PM     
  Consider the facts...  
 
The U.S. is currently spending almost $20 million per hour for oil imports ($170 billion per year).

Drilling will occur on the coastal plain of the ANWR wilderness. This 1.5 million acre area is NOT declared a wilderness.

The ANILCA Act set this particular area (defined as 10-02) aside for the consideration of developing its oil resources.

Development will occur on roughly 2000 acres of this 1.5 million acre area.

The potential exists for the production of 1.5 million barrels of oil per day for 30 years, increasing our domestic oil production by 20%.

 
  by: diggity     04/22/2005 08:57 PM     
  Shocked?  
 
Why act so shocked? Dont tell me you didnt expect this!? Its really inevitable! And I love the way the spineless democrats are quite willing to bend over for this. But hey! Americas obviously going enviromentaly freindly! SO enviromentally freindly infact that they refuse to sign the Koyoto Treaty. What a silly cover up story. might aswell just say their going to kill a few animals in the name of money and be brutally honest! At least its beleivable!
 
  by: know_your_rights   04/23/2005 04:30 AM     
  Anyone else remember Exxon Valdez?  
 
I see history repeating itself a lot sooner than expected. This whole friggin planet is doomed, I am sorry but if the US government was REALLY concerned with the well being of our God given earth, they would have stuck it out with Kyoto.

Now the ironic part is that Bush claims to be a "man of God" ... didn't God command us in the bible to take care of this planet?
 
  by: Daev     04/23/2005 10:54 AM     
  Facts are fun!  
 
Just providing a little contrast.

MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/...

"But don’t expect ANWR drilling to slow the rise in oil and gasoline prices. Even after the final decision has been made to develop ANWR, it will take years before the oil starts flowing. No one can say for sure, but some estimates figure it could be 10 years before we’d see significant production from these oil fields.

And even at its peak, the oil in ANWR might generate 1.6 million barrels per day, according to DOE estimates. (A lot depends on how fast you tried to pull it out of the ground.) If you use the mid-range estimate of 10.3 billion barrels total reserves, and spread it over 40 years of production, you get an average rate of about 700,000 barrels per day.

To put that in perspective, the U.S. consumes roughly 20 million barrels per day, of which we import something like 12 million bpd. So 700,000 bpd will help, but it won’t come close to solving the problem of U.S. dependence on shrinking supplies of foreign oil.

The other thing to remember is that oil prices rise and fall based on global demand — not just supply and demand in the U.S. So tapping ANWR would have and even smaller impact on global demand of 82 million barrels per day. It’s just not enough oil to make much of a difference."
 
  by: darkrequiemx   04/24/2005 12:06 PM     
  Tell that to the bears.  
 
I am sure that having their habitat destroyed is worth the 'little impact on global demand'.
 
  by: theironboard     04/24/2005 12:31 PM     
  I like how  
 
as the oil price keeps rising, so do the profits of the oil companys. In most other sectors, companys reduce their profit margins if prices rise significantly to ease the burden of their customers. Greed obviously still is good.
 
  by: Flashby     04/24/2005 02:06 PM     
  Well, DUH!  
 
Preserving wildlife and our beautiful world VS money in the pockets of the corrupt politicans actually voting for the bill?

Laughable, they'd drill through Lincon's statue if they heard there was black gold under it.
 
  by: koultunami     04/25/2005 05:13 PM     
  Been thinking on this....  
 
and in all likelyhood ANWR will be drilled with much less harvested oil than predicted.

It's a shame too.
 
  by: diggity     04/25/2005 06:17 PM     
 
 
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