Sent in by a reader (as mailed):
WASHINGTON – Under pressure over rising gasoline prices, President Bush said Saturday that energy legislation to be debated on Capitol Hill must encourage conservation and increased production of energy at home.
…and then, later…
The Republican-controlled Congress appears poised to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
Giving oil companies access to the refuge’s 1.5-million-acre coastal plain and billions of barrels of crude oil is a key part of the Bush administration’s national energy plan to help reduce U.S. oil imports.
Despite objections from Democratic lawmakers, the House Resources Committee voted Wednesday to allow oil companies to drill there.
But lawmakers Wednesday blocked an effort to improve U.S. vehicle fuel efficiency.
Makes me mad.
For the record, Murdoc:
- Thinks that drilling the ANWR is probably a good (though not great) thing to do
- That noticable (if not significant) hikes in automobile mileage requirements should be tied to ANWR drilling rights
- That nuclear power is probably the best near-term solution to electricity production problems
- Can’t understand why so many green-types are so opposed to nuclear power production
- Wishes that ethanol and/or bio-deisel were the answer but isn’t convinced that they are
- Thinks that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER should the Strategic Petroleum Reserve be touched except in the case of a massive, widespread war emergency
- Supports continued expansion of the SPR despite high prices