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Editorial: Dear Senate, thanks for nothing

Posted: March 18, 2012 - 5:40pm

The next time gas prices go up at the pump, you can thank the Democratic majority of the U.S. Senate. 

In a moment of infinite wisdom, the Senate rejected Tuesday an amendment to a bill that would have opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for oil. The vote was 41-57. Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich voted for the amendment.

So rather than drill for oil on American soil — a potential for more than 800,000 barrels a day — our oh-so-wise Senators would sooner get in bed with a bunch of environmentalists and leave our gas prices in the hands of foreign governments.

Senators, here’s a thought for you: Spend less time worrying about political lines and getting re-elected and spend more time solving our national energy crisis with our oil underneath our feet.

Twelve times a bill has passed the House of Representatives that would have opened ANWR. The only time such legislation actually passed the Senate it was vetoed by then President Bill Clinton. Had Clinton not vetoed that bill, we would be in a totally different situation than we are now.

We couldn’t say for sure we would be independent of foreign oil, but we would be well on our way to finding a more permanent solution to the rising prices at the gas pump. That added relief at the pump would likely help struggling families across America in this time of economic unrest, but you must not be familiar with that concept.

Simply put, we are tired of the political party rhetoric over ANWR. It is obvious the two political parties can’t agree on what is best for the nation on this issue.

So, here’s a thought — sell ANWR to a group of individuals. 

Private ownership instead of federal ownership — what a concept. Wait a minute, isn’t that working now in North Dakota, Texas and Oklahoma?

If the Senate’s attitude on ANWR — which has a great amount of Alaska support for development — is indicative of the rest of the issues they address, we wonder just how much they really listen to us or work with the House of Representatives.

If the people of Alaska continue to ask our government to open ANWR, perhaps you ought to listen. It is amazing that these people seem to know what’s best for an area they couldn’t point to on a map.

In short: Thanks for nothing, again, Senators. You can bet we’ll be back again, when gas prices are even higher and our reliance on foreign oil remains. Will you listen then? We hope so. But if the last two decades are any indication, we won’t hold our breath.

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cbeard 03/19/12 - 01:52 pm
Oh no!

What, you mean we're *not* going to ship out billions of dollars worth of Alaska's resources to oil companies that don't invest anything back into the state other than lip service and destroy a whole biome of flora and fauna in the process?

Allen 03/19/12 - 04:19 pm
Did A 4th Grader Write This?

Hogwash. There is no connection between the price of gas at the pumps and opening up ANWR to drilling. There is not one single bit of evidence that if drilling in ANWR were allowed, it would have any impact on the price at U.S. pumps, let alone reduce the price. This editorial is beneath the dignity of a legitimate newspaper, it reads like a child's temper tantrum.

JOAT 03/19/12 - 11:58 pm
Oil is good for Alaska

Alaska's entire economy is driven by the oil. No oil; no Alaska. ANWR must be opened to drilling. That's where the oil is and the only hope our state's economy has of surviving.

Cbeard is either uninformed or flat out lying. The oil companies invest billions back into Alaska. Tens of thousands of Alaskans have jobs because of the oil companies. The oil companies are the most responsible environmental stewards of any industry operating in this state. There's more environmental damage around your average ma-n-pa business back in town than there is on the state's collective oil fields. It's the cleanest oil operations on the entire planet. Go look at it for yourself. I have.

Allen, you might want to quell your own little temper tantrum there. If you don't understand the link between oil supply and gas prices, then I might suggest a return to 4th grade for a do-over on your education.

spwright 03/20/12 - 06:12 am
Freedom of Speech

JOAT, It's called Freedom of Speech
Land of the Free because of the Brave.

When did God Die then put You in Charge ?

Any Alaskan that Votes has the Right to Speak Up & Voice Their Opinion even If You don't agree w/ them

SPW "Airborne"

Norseman 03/20/12 - 07:14 am
....quote from JOAT..."The

....quote from JOAT..."The oil companies are the most responsible environmental stewards of any industry operating in this state...."

Perhaps you wern't here during the Exxon Valdez oil spill. It was the LARGEST OIL SPILL EVER.
You chastise cbeard about being uniformed or lying yet you throw out a huge lie about oil companies being the BEST enviromental stewards in Alaska? You have stared at the sun to long......the propaganda has warped your reality.

You are the one who is uniformed. We are producing 9 times as much oil as 2 years ago. We Are producing and EXPORTING oil and gasoline to other countries.

When we allowed commodity traders to speculate on oil futures, we end up with high gas prices. before, the law only allowed 20% to be traded on wall street. The remainder had to be purchased by actual companies that used it. Not anymore. So now we have wall street bankers speculating and driving up the cost of gas on paper, never ever being the ones who need to use it or burn it.

We cannot drill our way out of our energy crisis. The time is now for alternate forms of energy.

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