DEC 21 UPDATE: Senate blocks Alaska refuge drilling, for now. But both McCain and Kyl voted with Big Oil to halt debate about refuge conservation. Losers. Luckily enough true 'mavericks' did the right thing.
WASHINGTON -- The US Senate is in a battle over oil drilling in Alaska, America's last best wilderness, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, seen in the photo.
Arizona's Senators, McCain and Kyl, will likely split on this 'rider' attached to an important defense and hurricane relief spending bill. McCain should oppose this as he always has. Kyl will support as he always does and everything else evil.
Dick Cheney is cutting short a foreign trip to return to DC in case he needs to cast a tie-breaking vote for drilling. Probably better for foreign relations to keep that guy at home anyway, in his bunker.
We don't need to and shouldn't drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation and better mileage requirements for new cars and trucks could easily replace all the oil that could ever be scraped from the refuge, which would be scarred forever if oil drilling happens.
This is a battle of future visions. The Bush/Cheney oil-heads pushing drilling in Alaska are stuck in the past. Other leaders, most Americans and people worldwide don't want oil drilling in wildlife refuges. The arctic itself is melting off and polar bears are dying due to global warming.
Oil is like heroin and we're the junkies. Big Oil Inc. Bush/Cheney are the pushers.
Gotta get that oil monkey off our backs. If we don't, it'll kill us.