Kristin Johnson’s Archive

Beating a Dead Horse

The Senate released its budget today, with–you guessed it–language to open the Arctic Refuge. The first thing that came to our minds? That old Ben Franklin quote: “The definition of …

Call Me A Cockeyed Optimist

For those of us working just blocks from the White House, it wasn’t exactly a surprise that the annual budget released by President Bush yesterday included Arctic drilling. Heck, for …

Curing America’s Oil Addiction

During his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush admitted a major problem. “America is addicted to oil.” The catchy rhetoric is right on the money. Time for …

Time for Real Energy Policy

Barely a month has passed since bipartisan coalitions in both chambers of Congress rejected the eleventh-hour attempts to sneak Arctic Refuge drilling into a filibuster-proof budget bill and a must-pass …

Victory in the Senate!

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge scored a huge end-of-the-year victory yesterday, when a drilling provision was forced off of a Defense Appropriations Bill in the Senate. The provision had been …

Drilling Out of Budget, Into Defense Spending Bill

After almost a month of butting heads over whether or not the scheme to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be included in the final budget bill, Congress was …

House Budget + Senate Budget = Arctic Drilling?

Early this morning at 1:45 a.m., the House budget bill, sans Arctic drilling, passed by a vote of 217-215. It will now be combined with the Senate version of the …

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