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March 16, 2005

At Least They Stood on Principle

Senate Democrats failed to remove a provision for drilling in ANWR from next year’s budget, making it increasingly likely that President Bush will win (another) major political victory. As the provision was included in the budget, it is not subject to filibuster.

I have been a qualified supporter of drilling in ANWR and have to say “tisk tisk” to the Democratic Party for failing to see the writing on the wall here and refusing to compromise. My criticism is especially directed to the junior Senator from Massachusetts:

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., argued that more oil would be saved if Congress enacted an energy policy focusing on conservation, more efficient cars and trucks and increased reliance on renewable fuels and expanded oil development in the deep-water Gulf where there are significant reserves.
If the Dems were smart, and John Kerry were a defter politician and leader, there could have been a negotiated agreement on increasing fuel efficiency standards for vehicles in exchange for drilling in ANWR. I would have been happier with the deal had drilling been tied to higher fuel efficiency standards. Now they are left with nothing and I'm not as happy as I could be. {critical sarcasm}At least they stood on principle {/critical sarcasm}.

Posted by Rick at March 16, 2005 03:32 PM

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