The Washington Post reports that negotiations on the budget deficit reduction bill in the House threatens ANWR exploration:
A full-court press by liberal activists, coupled with conflicting regional interests, is threatening to sink a far-reaching Republican budget bill in the House that was designed to slice $54 billion in federal spending over the next five years.
House GOP leaders said yesterday that they will push for a vote on the measure Thursday, and that they are prepared to do what it takes to put them over the top. That may mean temporarily ditching a provision opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling or throwing aside an offshore oil drilling provision to win balking Florida Republicans.
That would be a very demoralizing deal –a fig leaf that will not cover the GOP’s inability to take the gas price problem seriously or to push for a serious energy policy. At a minimum the leadership needs to get an up-or-down vote on ANWR so the Congressmen are on record as to their indifference to the cost of gas on their constituents.