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Tuesday, 07 Mar 2006
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Offshore and Running
Congress and Bush admin push to open offshore areas to drilling
Offshore drilling is the new ANWR. With the fight to pry open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge having stalled out (at least for the time being), the oil and gas industry and its cronies in Congress are now focused on parts of the outer continental shelf that have been off-limits to drilling for nearly 25 years. Muckraker examines a raft of recent bills and plans that would sink new oil drills into offshore areas from Florida to Alaska.
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Bring in Da Illinois, Bring in Da Hunk
Obama speechifies for energy independence, chemical-plant security
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is calling for a bipartisan effort to create a cabinet-level national director of energy security, who would coordinate federal policies to cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Last week, in a speech to U.S. governors, Obama touted several policies to promote oil-free energy, among them Department of Defense investments in the best commercial biofuel endeavors. He also suggested Big Auto put serious effort into creating fuel-efficient vehicles, in return for the feds picking up some health care costs for industry retirees. Obama's hot for national security: Also last week he announced plans to introduce legislation mandating minimum security requirements at chemical plants around the country, where an attack could kill thousands and endanger millions more. So far, only about 1,100 of the nation's 15,000 largest plants participate in the Bush administration's voluntary security program. "Voluntary security" -- love it. But hey, at least the United Arab Emirates isn't running the plants.