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US: Senate Opens Path For Future Drilling In The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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However, several more steps would have to happen for drilling to be authorized. Oct. 19, Republicans made headway to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Senate passed a budget resolution for changes in the tax code.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Friday October 20, 2017, 3:10 pm
The resolution included instructions to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to raise $1 billion in revenue. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who chairs the committee, said extracting oil in the refuge is not the only option her committee will consider. “But I will tell you that it is the best option, and it is on the table.”

The vote was important progress in Republicans’ long-thwarted effort to drill in the refuge. It required only 51 votes to pass, thanks to Republican leaders who crafted an amendment making that possible. Normally, it takes 60 votes for most legislation to pass the Senate because of the threat of filibuster.

Democratic senators including Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, tried to strip the refuge drilling language from the budget resolution, but their amendment failed, 52 to 48. One Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, joined all but one Democrat to oppose the measure. “You’re willing to (degrade) the environment as a way to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy,” Cantwell said in a speech on the Senate floor.

Murkowski said the legislation her committee drafts, likely to open the refuge to drilling, will increase domestic energy production, which would stimulate the creation of new wealth and jobs.

While the vote was a major success for Republicans, who have sought to open the refuge to energy exploration for decades, several more steps would have to happen for drilling to actually be authorized. Opponents vowed to intensify their resistance. “The Gwich’in Nation, along with our allies, will continue to fight until the Arctic Refuge is taken out of the budget bill, as we have done for decades,” said Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, in a statement.

Further information on the threat posed to wildlife and the threat to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge caused by an action by the US Senate on October 19, 2017 is on site.

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Kathleen M (208)
Friday October 20, 2017, 3:17 pm
Grimly noted. F***ing republithug a***oles! Thx for sharing Fiona.

Past Member (0)
Friday October 20, 2017, 3:43 pm
They are are completely nuts and in need of brain surgeries! How many disasters do this stupid greedy corrupt scumbags need further to notice what is going on? Who the hell needs "politicians" like they are? Put them all in forensic clinics, because this is the place where they belong!

Donna T (0)
Friday October 20, 2017, 3:47 pm
thank you

Past Member (0)
Friday October 20, 2017, 3:48 pm
...sorry for my bad writing, I meant "they are all"..... but, I'm really upset.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Friday October 20, 2017, 5:24 pm
I understand, Kalliope, I am so upset. The whole GOP stinks......all of them.

Animae C (508)
Friday October 20, 2017, 7:01 pm
But it was expected.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Friday October 20, 2017, 7:27 pm
That is true, Animae, sadly.

Angela K (374)
Saturday October 21, 2017, 2:33 am
This will be a disaster for all wild animals there who are already now struggling to survive ..... I'm tired and angry of all the bad news this week !!!
But the US for oil does everything what is necessary ..... look at the Middle East ..... everything bombed, just because of oil !!!

Ben O (131)
Saturday October 21, 2017, 7:02 am
Bad news, nothing but bad news... : ~ (

Ben O (131)
Saturday October 21, 2017, 7:03 am
And, if 298 petitions could stop the insanity... DAMMIT!!!

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday October 21, 2017, 7:45 am
Frigging greedy fossil fuel whores!

Raleigh k (357)
Sunday October 22, 2017, 5:47 pm
thanks for sharing, Fiona

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday October 23, 2017, 8:01 am
Noted, Thanks

Peggy B (43)
Monday October 23, 2017, 10:17 am

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday October 23, 2017, 1:00 pm
So much dismal news....I agree. Thanks for the comments and thanks for noting.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday October 23, 2017, 2:07 pm
Noted, Thank you

Roberto MARINI (88)
Saturday October 28, 2017, 8:20 am
thank you Fiona
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