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March 16, 2005

Infamy and, um, famy

I sifted through today's unsuccessful vote to prevent drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to come up with a list of Bad Democrats and Not All That Bad Republicans for a friend in email, and then I decided I ought to put the list here.

Dems voting to trash ANWR:

Akaka (D-HI)
Inouye (D-HI)
Landrieu (D-LA)

RINOs voting to save ANWR:

Chafee (R-RI)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
DeWine (R-OH)
McCain (R-AZ)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)

JEFFORDSes voting to save ANWR:

Jeffords (I-VT)

Everyone else voted predictably. Thanks to all the Dems not listed here, and the fight's not over yet.

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Do you think we should thank these Republicans? Are you going to?

Posted by: Tara at March 16, 2005 05:00 PM
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Coleman? Really? Maybe I'll have to consider a nickname upgrade for Norm, from "Buttmunch" to "Pusbucket". Disappointing that the Hawaii contingent isn't more sensitive to environmental degradation, considering how much they have to live with it. Hope seeing their gas prices drop $0.05/gallon is worth it to them.

Posted by: corndog at March 16, 2005 05:08 PM
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This ticks me off. I gave money (not a lot, maybe like 50 bucks) to Mary Landrieu back when Dems were pleading for donations to her runoff campaign in 2002. I don't think this is the first time she's failed to fall in line, either. Grrr.

Posted by: Kathy at March 16, 2005 05:23 PM
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My pal Dave Brower used to rail on all us younger enviros for not following through and thanking politicians when they did something right. I don't see why membership in the GOP should disqualify them.

Corndog: I think "pusbucket" is lower than "buttmunch." Maybe "asswipe"?

Kathy: welcome aboard! nice blog: I'll have to look more closely. And yeah, unfortunately I think Landrieu has been pretty much bought and paid for by Big Oil, which owns Louisiana.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at March 16, 2005 05:34 PM
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This has been a symbolic sticking point for many years. So, now what happens when the price of fuel doesnt actually fall, and the imports of oil still continue to rise? The massive inefficiency of transportation in the US is astounding by any rational measure. In my neighborhood the 10mpg truck is the common mode of movement, and $2 gas has made little difference in the number of them running around. When people will fire up one of these things instead of walking half a mile, we are a long way from changing our wasteful ways. The ANWR drilling will put off the day of reckoning a few more years, but that day will still come. Then maybe they will they be willing to talk about actually reducing use of fossil fuels. I regret that this crisis is one more problem being pushed onto my children by Shrubco.

Posted by: Desert Donkey at March 16, 2005 05:51 PM
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Yeah, Landrieu has been a disappointment, for me personally since I'm from LA and have some connections with her. Louisianians should know more than anyone what oil and gas can do to your environment.

Posted by: KathyF at March 16, 2005 10:53 PM
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