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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Moderate Republicans stop Artic Drilling plans

This provision in this bill didn't have a chance in passing and thankfully the moderate Republicans axed the plan to drill in the Artic.

From the AP

A solid phalanx of Republican moderates drove House GOP leaders to drop a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wilderness area to oil drilling as a sweeping budget bill headed toward a vote Thursday.

A plan to allow states to lift a moratorium on oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts was also axed.

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The Senate has included ANWR drilling in its budget bill and GOP leaders are likely to push hard for the final House-Senate version of the bill to include it.

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The decision on the Arctic refuge was a big setback for those who have tried for years to open a coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to oil development. It was a victory for environmentalists, who have lobbied hard against drilling.

President Bush has made drilling in the Alaska refuge one of his top energy priorities.