Breaking: House approves drilling in ANWR (Update: Senate to filibuster?)

posted at 3:47 pm on May 25, 2006 by Allahpundit

225-201. Still looking for the roll, but it was probably party line. One more reason why staying home in November is not an option.

Update: Reuters reports. 10 billion barrels of oil — but what about the caribou??

Update: Here’s the roll. Not totally party-line — about 30 reps from each side crossed the aisle — but close enough.

Update: The Anchorage Daily News says it’ll die in the Senate because Republicans don’t have the votes to break a Democratic filibuster. If so, that’ll make a tasty talking point for November about how supposedly serious our lefty friends are about energy independence.

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Hot dog. Cheaper gas. American gas, not Arab gas.


Democrats won’t like this….

Poor moose. Poor geese. Poor winter owls. Poor American car owners, when the Democrats get through. Just watch…

clyde on May 25, 2006 at 3:51 PM

This is the first thing that has made sense in over a month coming out of Congress.

Watch the traitors in the Senate to vote it down.

ScottyDog on May 25, 2006 at 3:52 PM

Now they just need to allow more refineries to be built, and drilling off the coast of Florida–where China is hunting.

Enoxo on May 25, 2006 at 3:55 PM

will the senate dhimm out?

Kid from Brooklyn on May 25, 2006 at 3:55 PM

I think this is the roll for the final bill:

Enoxo on May 25, 2006 at 3:57 PM

The environmentalwackos are gonna go apeshit. Its a beautiful thing. Of course the spineless senate will torpedo it.

Iblis on May 25, 2006 at 4:01 PM

Well… progress is progress. Can we get something through to eliminate the EPA now?


RobertHuntingdon on May 25, 2006 at 4:01 PM

Miracle of miracles…common sense prevails, if only temporarily! It’s about freakin’ time!!!

MT on May 25, 2006 at 4:01 PM

They listed Kennedy(RI) as not voting. Maybe he’ll try rushing in, drunk as a skunk (oh excuse me, inhibited by sleeping pills) and try to cast his vote around 2am tonight.


RobertHuntingdon on May 25, 2006 at 4:05 PM

Drilling? Is that a job Americans simply won’t do, too?

bucktowndusty on May 25, 2006 at 4:06 PM

The price of oil will still be determined by the international market. Developing ANWR will not lower the price but it will reduce our exposure to sudden spike in price of oil due to circumstances beyond our control. We need to increase our strategic reserves to damp down spikes.

1 million barrel a day of anticipated production rate is about 5% of US consumption. So don’t set your hopes too high on cheap gasoline.


easy87us on May 25, 2006 at 4:07 PM

Senate; go approve of it damn it!

Defector01 on May 25, 2006 at 4:19 PM

This is a start but it is nuclear power that is going to save us! The biggest thing about this vote is the message it should send to the ME oilsheiks..we are serious about becoming LESS dependant on YOU.

labwrs on May 25, 2006 at 4:33 PM

I like the idea of a nuclear-powered SUV. WOW. Imagine how fast you could get from, say, Arizona to Mexico and back. Probably make four, five trips a day, carrying 6 illegals a day…

Pay for your car the easy way.

clyde on May 25, 2006 at 4:38 PM

Nuclear-powered cigars would be good too, but Castro on the back burner where he belongs.

clyde on May 25, 2006 at 4:39 PM

If drilling in the ANWR makes some caribou crap themselves, just collect it and refine that too. They can extract crude oil from pig poop, why not caribou crap?

Now _there_ is a job Americans won’t do!

inmanjh on May 25, 2006 at 4:45 PM

Am I the only one who’s afraid that this the last gasp of common sense to ever come out of Congress?

speed647 on May 25, 2006 at 4:47 PM

Finally. Finally. Finally. Now lets work on Jeb in Florida and The Terminator in California and get China out of our backyard. I know it won’t make the price of gas go down, but at least it sends a message to our Arab “friends” and other world dictators. They don’t give a flying cr*p about the environment. they just want to drill oil and make their money. Meanwhile, we have Algore whining and crying about global warming while taking a car ride for 500 yards to the cannes film festival. aaaarrrrrggggg!!!!!!

pullingmyhairout on May 25, 2006 at 4:52 PM

“Am I the only one who’s afraid that this the last gasp of common sense to ever come out of Congress?”

speed647 on May 25, 2006 at 4:47 PM

I hope not speed647…The House seems to get the drift but the self indulgent, head in the sand whiners in the Senate have yet to wake up from the party. Maybe November will get their attention.

brtex on May 25, 2006 at 5:15 PM

I’m afraid this won’t matter significantly, either way.

Democrats exaggerate the potential for environmental damage to ANWR but Republicans exaggerate the potential of ANWR to free us from dependence on foreign oil. Its effect on gas prices will be small and not felt for some time and it won’t have a sizable impact on our need to import petroleum.

Yes, we need to work on making nuclear viable again. We also need to try and make ethanol and alternative fuels feasible. We need the equivalent of a Manhattan project (or maybe several) to find new and creative ways to free us from our dependency.

Hell, we really should investigate everything: nuclear fission (nuclear fusion even), wind, solar, alternative fuels, cleaner coal, everything we can think of and then some.

tommy1 on May 25, 2006 at 5:29 PM

Maybe if we promise to have all the work done by illegals the Senate will approve it.

bdfaith on May 25, 2006 at 5:39 PM

Actually, a better proposal to reduce our dependence on oil would be to not allow more immigrants into our country. Population growth fuels petroleum dependence. Even the small gains that we will reap from ANWR oil will be more than undone by the number of relatives our illegals turned American citizens are going to be bringing into the country once they get their amnesty.

tommy1 on May 25, 2006 at 6:02 PM

If Brazil can become energy self-sufficient on alternative fuels, so can we. I’m not entirely delusional, I know that petroleum is here to stay for a long time, but we throw away plenty of potential energy sources every day. Now that the price of oil has ka-chinged its finally cost-efficient to explore alternatives. Give me a Mr. Fusion to dump my trash into!

inmanjh on May 25, 2006 at 9:17 PM

Stop the madness!!!!!
We need alternative fuels badly.
Oil is not the way of the future, never was.

Kramer on May 26, 2006 at 8:33 AM

Until oil wells start running dry other forms of energy will never be cost effective. If we spend lots of money on alternative fuel sources, and it starts to impact oil sales the price of oil will just drop to a level that will make the alternatives to expensive. So for now we just need to pump our own oil everywhere we can find it, until it is gone.
Why is it that we always blame cars for all the energy use, lets get the older homes off fuel oil heat. I have no problem with wind, solar, electric, geothermal or any other form of energy for a house that isn’t going anywhere. But I want the full power of gas or diesel for vehicles. Plus if I have an emergency I can fill up in less than 5 minutes, not wait for a battery to charge. Also if I have to pay twice as much for a car using some other form of energy, I might as well get the cheaper gas guzzler and feed it.

Gooch on May 26, 2006 at 1:17 PM

Maybe we should buy a bike and cycle to work.

Kramer on May 26, 2006 at 2:23 PM

Now if we could somehow guarantee jobs up there for illegal immigrant insurgents, perhaps the Senate Dems would go for it!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 26, 2006 at 2:25 PM

Some guy just patented an electrolyses machine that converts H2O (water) to HHO. It’s blue flame burns cool to the touch but heats metals quickly. He has a car that runs on the stuff and the exahust is plain water. No kidding.

It would be nice if rhe next “oil” is “water”. We could have some real fun then. And, once again a great world changing invention was American. (I wonder how much longer that kind of success will continue here once we officially join the ranks of other banana republics after the amnesty.)

Shmo on May 26, 2006 at 4:10 PM