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Valle Vidal Victory

11/19/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

The Valle Vidal, a 101,794-acre area that has been dubbed “New Mexico’s Yellowstone,” is now off-limits to oil and gas drilling thanks to the U.S. Congress. Big win for wildlife… Senate OKs Valle Vidal protection By ANDY LENDERMAN, The New […] Read more >

Let’s Move “Beyond Petroleum” Already!

9/13/2006 // By Jackie Feinberg

After sitting through Tuesday’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on BP’s recent pipeline failure up in Prudhoe Bay, I was left wondering if anything would ever change. Sure, even the pro-drilling senators were up in (BP Execs) Bob […] Read more >

Will U.S. Run Amuck on Teshekpuk?

8/25/2006 // By Jackie Feinberg

Even after all the troubles with the BP pipeline in Alaska this past month, the Bush administration is not slowing down its drill, drill, drill mentality when it comes to the Arctic’s wild lands. Up next on the chopping block? […] Read more >

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 >

Senate Passes Offshore Drilling Bill

8/7/2006 // By Kristin Johnson

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) must be holding his breath right now. He recently broke ranks and voted for a bill to open up 8.3 million acres in Florida’s side of the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling. He […] 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 >

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 >