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Grassroots or Astroturf?

8/7/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

Warning. A public relations firm hired four months ago by the Alaska State Legislature–see story here–could be coming soon to a media outlet near you. Pac/West Communications set up a smoke-and-mirrors group called “Americans for American Energy.” Already, this “grass […] Read more >

Energy Freedom, Strings Attached

8/6/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

Ahhhhh, what’s an energy bill without a good name? The “American-Made Energy Freedom Act” was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). It’s purpose? “To establish the American-Made Energy Trust Fund, to increase the […] Read more >

The Arctic Wildlife Refuge–Whose Land?

5/18/2006 // By Larry Schweiger

Caribou Rising: Defending the Porcupine Herd, Gwich-’in Culture, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Rick Bass Sierra Club Books 164 pp., $19.95 With gas prices climbing, oil executives hope that lawmakers will be persuaded to open the Arctic National […] Read more >

The Price of a Vote

5/3/2006 // By Larry Schweiger

Senate Republicans want to give you a hundred dollars before you go to the polls and vote on their performance this November. This is a frightening attempt to buy your vote.  And it’s connected to another really bad idea–allowing Exxon/Mobil […] Read more >

$3 Million Set Aside to Sell U.S. on Drilling

4/20/2006 // By Kristen Cummings

There’s one thing you can say about Alaska’s senior senator, Ted Stevens: he’s nothing if he’s not resilient. In March 2005, when the Arctic Refuge fight was just heating up, Sen. Stevens claimed that he was so depressed from his […] Read more >

March Madness

3/17/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

That’s the only way to describe what’s happening in Washington right now when it comes to the Arctic Refuge. Who’s playing? Led by team captain Ted Stevens, a veteran player out of the University of Pork-Barrel Politics, the Beltway “Oilers” […] Read more >

Beating a Dead Horse

3/8/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

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 insanity is doing the same thing over and over and […] Read more >

Call Me A Cockeyed Optimist

2/7/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

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 people 3,000 miles away, it probably wasn’t a surprise either. […] Read more >

Curing America’s Oil Addiction

2/2/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

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 Bush to lead our country through the rest of the […] Read more >

Time for Real Energy Policy

1/31/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

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 funding bill for our troops. Even though Congress rejected both […] Read more >