Yahoo! News – Senate Votes to Open Alaskan Oil Drilling

Yahoo! News – Senate Votes to Open Alaskan Oil Drilling: “By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.”

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Great. If we want to get off of foreign oil, why aren’t we increasing fuel efficiency? Oh right, we’re short sighted and profit driven. The easy, Republican-friendly plot is enviro terrorists doing something to stop it but the FBI prevents it. Better is for the bad guys to be foreign oil agents, or perhaps they are in cahoots, or even one group is playing the other.

Even better is to have it happen and then show the long term economic and environmental impact. The setting of a near future novel could be scientists trying to recover from the damage, or a world where Korea took over as the dominant source for vehicles since we failed to pursue the new technology.

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