Thursday, December 22, 2005

Senate rejects domestic oil exploration

Never again believe a U.S. Senator who tells you they want to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. They can talk the talk, but don't walk the walk.

The Senate rejected an effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling Wednesday after lawmakers balked at a controversial move to pass drilling as part of a popular defense spending bill that pays for the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina relief.

Republican leaders failed to rally the 60 votes needed to override a filibuster, falling four votes short. The vote was a defeat for the White House and GOP leaders, who failed for a fifth consecutive year to boost domestic energy supplies by opening the refuge on Alaska's north coast.