It looks like even our favorite Hulk-tie-wearing Senator has acknowledged that opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling will become even more difficult with the newly elected Democratic majority…

ANWR’s future is fuzzy in light of new majority
By Sam Bishop, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, November 26, 2006

A mob of reporters often rushes forward to catch committee leaders before they duck into offices after hearings, and one such scrum, thicker than usual, gathered in front of Sen. Ted Stevens on Nov. 16.

It was a chance to ask Stevens a few questions for the first time since voters had given a majority to Democrats in both houses of Congress, removing the longtime Alaska senator’s party from control next year.

“Do you think that drilling in ANWR was dealt a death blow by the elections?” a reporter asked.

“No, well, I think,” Stevens said, then chuckled and grinned. “It’s not a death blow, it’s a question of whether the votes are there. Right now, they’re not there.”

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