Short-sighted Senate Vote Endangers Arctic Refuge
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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