The Senate rejected the Cantwell/Kerry amendment to preserve the ANWR by two votes, which was pretty much how it went earlier this year. But -- sorry, Jesse Ventura -- there's a reason we have two houses in Congress, and this is it: having failed in the Senate, we can contact our Representatives in the lower House and see if they will stop the drilling.
You know why we shouldn't drill in Alaska, right? Because it probably won't save consumers any money for about twenty years, as one of the Bush Administration's own reports said? Because there won't be enough oil there to make a dent in our consumption? Because Alaska already gets far more than its share of pork from the federal government? Because we really ought to spend money on renewable sources of power, which are viable now? Because Tha Bush Mobb wants ANWR drilling so badly mainly so they can stick it to the environmental movement, and a health society always frowns upon such childishness? And last, but certainly not least, because it'll destroy the Gwich-'in people and the Porcupine herd of caribou with whom they coexist? Like so many Bush Mobb initiatives, ANWR drilling is wrong for so many reasons. In fact, I may have left a few out.
You know, having mentioned John Kerry in a positive light twice in two days, you might think I like the guy or something. Not really, no. He's been a noticeably better Senator since he lost the election (and incongruously declared himself "rejuvenated" immediately thereafter), but I'm generally not a fan of his work. Thing is, when someone does something right, I praise them. And when they do something wrong, I slam them. Check out my archives (of posts I made at my blog's previous location) and you'll understand what I'm talking about -- I spend a lot of time praising Republicans when they get it right, and a lot of time excoriating the cowardice of Democrats.