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The U.S. House of Representatives killed the portion of the budget to allow drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). This is a major defeat for many Republicans, including President Bush, who've tried for years to allow drilling at the the small strip of Alaskan land. It's a major victory for environmentalists and those of us tired of seeing the last vestiges of natural America destroyed in the name of development.
One thing is starting to show through though and that's the moderate side of the Republican party. Republicans who didn't want this part of the budget felt they had enough strength (sans Tom Delay) to get this removed. The Democrats don't like the budget at all, especially the parts cutting all the spending for social programs. While the Dems don't quite have the strength to challenge headon, one can see they are gaining momentum.
posted by Stithmeister @ 10:25 PM
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The US started talking about "windfall profits taxing the oil companies" and gas prices went from $3+/gallon @ the pump almost down to $2/gallon. Just coincidence.
At the same time, the push to drill the last part of Alaska left undrilled has been tabled. Another coincidence?
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