oil drilling

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 …

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 …

Drilling Does Not Mean Domestic Oil Independence

A guest post by Matthew Gilbert of Arctic Village, Alaska The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been an unattainable goal for all the pro-development politicians and activists for one reason: …

At Home in the Arctic Refuge: An Inupiaq Perspective

A guest post by Robert Thompson, Inupiaq resident of Kaktovik and wilderness guide I would like to let people know why the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is …

Leave the Arctic Refuge Alone

A guest post by Maggie Sharp, San Francisco I recently returned from a 10-day float down the beautiful Kongakut River. Our trip gave us plenty of time to hike in …

Some Places Should Be Left Unspoiled

A guest post by Scott Freeman, Biological Sciences Technician I’m back in town after a busy and interesting 2 months working in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It’s an amazing …

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