Just wanted to provide a quick post-mortem on the successful ANWR vote yesterday. The bill to allow us to tap our own energy, a supply as large as our current exports from Saudi Arabia — which are substantial — passed 225-201, with 198 Republicans and 27 Democrats voting in favor of the bill. This, incidentally, is the 12th time — the twelfth time — that this bill has been voted on in the House. You’d go a little nuts if you lived here, wouldn’t you….?
Here again is the roll call vote. You should look it over and find your Member of Congress, make sure they voted “yea”. Then you should look at this list, too, to make sure they voted “nay” last week on the Putnam Amendment to continue the ban on exploration of the Outer Continental Shelf. If they’re wrong on both votes, don’t ever let them tell you they care about how high your energy prices are. They have missed a golden opportunity — no, two golden opportunities — to lower your prices by increasing our domestic supply.
On the ANWR blog, you can send a note to your Representative to either thank them or to let them know you’re not too happy with their vote. We hope you’ll do that, let ’em know you’re watching. A vigilant electorate is our best hope for actually doing something about energy prices.
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