Wildlife Oil Refuge
Once again, George will get his way...
Conspicuous by its absence in the sweeping energy bill that President Bush has championed and will sign Monday is his top energy priority: opening an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling. But the fight over the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will flare anew in Congress next month, with drilling advocates saying they have their best chance in more than two decades of making it happen. [...] Tapping what is believed to be at least 10 billion barrels of oil within the refuge's 1.5 million-acre coastal plain has been the centerpiece of Bush's energy agenda dating back to his first presidential campaign in 2000. Bush has repeatedly said the oil is important to the nation's national and economic security.George can take time out of his busy schedule in Crawford, to sign an energy bill that, by omission, encourages the raping of a pristine wildlife refuge... But he cannot take the time to visit any of the grieving parents in Cleveland, Ohio or Cindy Sheehan, who is just outside his door. Stunning. Compassionate conservatism? More like cowardly corporatism.