ANWR Vote Today!

By May 25, 2006Energy

What better way to honor Al Gore’s movie than to have a vote to explore ANWR, a place the size of South Carolina with a drilling footprint one fifth the size of Dulles Airport? The vote will come some time today.

Thanks to the House Resources Committee’s site, we have some pretty good facts about the place. First and foremost, we know Alaskans support it. Who are we to substitute our judgment for theirs? If you’ve never been there, this video gives a pretty good feel for the vastness and desolateness that is ANWR.

So how much oil is there? Here’s a link to the answer, but put it this way: It’s about equal to what we import today from Saudi Arabia. Kinda puts it in context, no?

So mosey on over to see our friends at the ANWR blog and drop a note to your Member of Congress. Tell them it’s time for us to stop being the only nation that limits access to its own natural resources. Do you think any of our competitors would be sitting on this enormous supply and leave it untapped? Don’t think so.

Please weigh in. Here’s a link to our Key Vote card dropped today, letting every Member of Congress know we’ll consider their vote on this bill, H.R. 5429, to be considered for designation as a Key Manufacturing Vote.

How great would it be if Congress voted to unleash our energy supply the same week that Al’s movie premiered?

[UPDATE]: 3:30 p.m.: Just passed the House 225-201. Thanks to all of you who weighed in. There were many of you. Great work, all! Here’s a link to the roll call vote, so you can see whether your Representative voted for higher or lower fuel prices.

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Rebecca says:

    You are a bonehead. You should start considering that fact.

  • Bob Dobolina says:

    America’s dependence on oil–not just foreign oil–must end, and soon. Otherwise, we’ll always be beholden to the Middle East and the unstable situation there. Drilling in the ANWR is not a bad idea, but it’s not going to help. It’ll be 10 years before we start seeing any of the oil, and if we haven’t made a LOT of progress towards finding replacements for fossile fuels by then, our problems look to be a lot bigger than the solution of drilling in Alaska. China, Iran, Venezuela, Iraq, Saudi Arabia–they all have a solid grip on America, and you know where they’ve got us. If we could come up with a way to tell them all, “Take a hike–we don’t need oil anymore–not yours, not anyone’s,” I’d feel a whole lot more secure about America’s future.

    People with small minds come up with small solutions. Drilling for oil in Alaska is smaller than small.

    I realize most of the people who read this site will disagree with me on just about everything. Time will tell who is right and who is wrong…

  • Amory says:

    …Except that ANWR oil won’t reach us for nearly ten years, and when it does, it will provide only a few cents at best in relief per gallon.

    We cannot drill ourselves out of the issue of oil dependency/depletion and simultaniously be opposed to mandating higher fuel economies. You want to invest in the future of our country – with hundreds of thousands of jobs that cannot possibly be outsourced – then let’s really talk about solar and wind, among other alternatives.

    Besides, even if we were able to extract 100% of the oil out of the region, at best we would have enough oil to last our country 2-3 years. A more realistic estimate would probably be placed around one year or less. I hardly think that is worth the cost of destroying a significant portion of the refuge.

    We have the technology to make cars with 40-60mpg without any hybrid systems. With those newer technologies as seen in mostly foreign cars, we have the technology to reach 200-300mpg – why are we not demanding that from our industries? For over the past decade while foreign automakers have been investing in, and delivering on newer technologies, American automotive companies have been playing the game called “who can make the biggest, least efficient car on the road?”

    Oil is a finite resource, from which our entire lives are dependent on (average American consumes his/her weight in oil per WEEK!) With that being said, we cannot simply rely on it always being there, for as cheaply as it has been in the past. We cannot only focus on supply. We must begin to implement policies that will provide for renewable usage of resources/energy. Why do you think that Shell has commited to being 50% RE by 2050?


  • Some says:

    How great would it be if Congress voted to unleash our energy supply the same week that Al’s movie premiered?

    – this is the most childish idea that I have hear in a long long time. It is scary that you think it is clever.