This was posted in my comment section in the entry on saving the Arctic. Thanks to Rocksouperstar for the added info!
You just have to love how quietly and sneaky these issues go unnoticed in the media...... And yes, I am being totally sarcastic.
Why is it we are more interested in scandals, blaming people, and our own problems than stopping the senseless destruction of our planet, our home? Answers, anyone?
Senator Maria Cantwell's reaction to ANWR:
Cantwell Fights to Stop Drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
Flawed Proposal Would Not Reduce Gas Prices or Confront America’s Oil Addiction
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) fought to stop oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Wednesday. The Senate is scheduled to vote on Cantwell’s anti-drilling amendment sometime Thursday.
“This is about more than just protecting one of America’s last pristine natural treasures,” said Cantwell, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Using backdoor tactics to destroy America’s last great wild frontier will not solve our nation’s energy problems and will do nothing to lower skyrocketing gas prices.”
Proponents of the plan claim that drilling in the Refuge can be done in an environmentally benign way, but evidence from adjacent Prudhoe Bay indicates otherwise. According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and Trans-Alaska Pipeline have caused an average of 504 spills annually on the North Slope since 1996. Through last year, those spills included more than 1.9 million gallons of toxic substances including diesel, crude oil, and hydraulic oil.
“This is about priorities,” said Cantwell. “This is about harnessing American ingenuity to confront our dangerous oil addiction. We need to give our children a future less dependent on fossil fuel. According to the Energy Department’s latest analysis, even if oil companies drill in the wildlife refuge and hit peak production, it will only lower gas prices by a penny per gallon.”