Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Left Hand is Clueless of What the Right Hand is Doing


You have Republican Senator's holding hearings on high energy prices and grilling oil executives and then you have the House Republicans dropping a provision that would have allowed for oil exploration in ANWR (THE GOP CAVE-IN via Michele Malkin)?:

I'm too tired to vent, but I think "Ugh" will suffice in response to this news item: House Drops Arctic Drilling From Bill

House leaders late Wednesday abandoned an attempt to push through a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, fearing it would jeopardize approval of a sweeping budget bill Thursday.

They also dropped from the budget document plans to allow states to authorize oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts — regions currently under a drilling moratorium.

The actions were a stunning setback for those who have tried for years to open a coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to oil development, and a victory for environmentalists, who have
lobbied hard against the drilling provisions. President Bush has made drilling in the Alaska refuge his top energy priority.

House Rules Committee formalized the change late Wednesday by issuing the terms of the debate when the House takes up the budget package on Thursday.

The decision to drop the ANWR drilling language came after GOP moderates said they would oppose the budget if it was kept in the bill. The offshore drilling provision was also viewed as too contentious and a threat to the bill, especially in the Senate.
A group of "moderate" Republicans headed by Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire signed a letter pressuring the GOP to strike the Alaskan drilling provision from the broader $54 billion budget cut bill. More capitulation:

GOP leaders, led by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., also agreed to drop a plan to allow states to waive a 24-year ban on drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and open a contested tract off the Florida Gulf coast to oil drilling. Several Florida Republicans opposed he plan.
"GOP leaders." There's a misnomer.


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