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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Simpsons and the Artic Oil Drilling Fiasco

So the US Senate finally blocked attempts to permit drilling for oil in the Alaska Wildlife Refuge, following reports that this bill was actually passed yesterday. The ridiculous story here is that the drilling provision was attached onto a must-pass defense spending bill. This underhand technique (which, according to some reports, is pretty frequently carried out) reminded me of an episode of the Simpsons where the family goes to Washington and manages to get a bill passed by simply attaching it to another one with a paper clip. Hah. In a rare moment of sanity, the senate actually saw through this scheme. But, this issue is far from over, as CNN reports. Supposedly, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), has spent 25 of his 37 years in the senate campaigning for this bill. 'nuf said.



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