A Victory for ANWR and Common Sense

By March 16, 2005General

The Senate finally voted today to clear the way for energy exploration in the Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). This is a debate that got way out of hand over the past many years, thanks to hysteria and disinformation from the environmental community.

Here are the facts: ANWR is a place roughly the size of the state of South Carolina. Today’s bill opens up energy exploration in an area the size of Dulles Airport. Kinda puts it in perspective, doesn’t it? It might also help to know that the actual residents of Alaska strongly support today’s bill. So exactly who is it we’re trying to protect here…? The environmentalists say, “We know better”, once again. But once again, they don’t. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) pointed out today that opponents of the Alaska Pipeline once predicted the demise of caribou herds, which in fact grew six-fold since the pipeline began. So much for hysteria.

In any event, a victory for common sense today and an important step toward energy independence and getting those costs under control. Here’s the NAM press release on today’s important vote.