From Jim Gilliam's blog archivesOil Drilling in Alaska
April 19, 2002 9:35 AM
Senate kills hopes of drilling for oil in Alaska.
Sen. Phil Gramm: "Is no one awake to the fact that we have problems in the Middle East, that we have a growing dependence on oil, that there are profound national security implications of producing as much oil as we will import from Saudi Arabia in the next 30 years, on 20,000 acres of land in a state with 317 million acres?"
Yes, saving this national treasure is very important. And yes, there's an embarassing lack of alternative energy sources in Bush's energy policy. But we must reduce our dependence on the Middle East, and every bit helps.
There are lives at stake. Ours.
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