Arctic Refuge Drilling Blocked in US Senate


Reuters report: "Senate Democrats succeeded on Wednesday in blocking, for now, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Republicans sought to add to a massive massive $453 billion war-time military spending bill. [...] Most Senate Democrats and some moderate Republicans said the frigid wilderness and its assortment of wildlife, ranging from polar bears to peregrine falcons, should be protected. Republicans said ANWR must be unlocked for drilling to stop a steady slide in U.S. crude oil production." The vote was 56-44. After many defeats earlier this year, it is the second victory in a row for the Wildlife Refuge (we wrote about the first one here). ::Reuters, ::BBC, ::Treasure America's Arctic Wildlife Refuge Video