Short-sighted Senate Vote Endangers Arctic Refuge

Detroit newspaper editorial argues that narrow vote to allow drilling in ANWR is a mistake that says Americans would rather run heavy equipment and pipelines through the most sensitive natural areas than invest in conservation measures or alternative sources of energy.

Published: 25-Mar-2005

Last week's U.S. Senate vote that allows drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not the final go-ahead, but it certainly bodes ill for the future.

The 51-49 vote marks the crumbling of the Senate as last defender of the refuge. The House has invariably OK'd drilling there, and several years ago President Bill Clinton was the backstop, vetoing a budget bill that contained it. Now, both congressional chambers and the White House seem to be in sync.


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