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Monday, March 24
i should've told you earlier...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "The U.S. Senate narrowly voted on Wednesday against opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, defeating the centerpiece of President Bush 's energy policy.
In a tug of war largely along party lines, Senate Republicans called for allowing oil companies to explore the sprawling refuge to help reduce U.S. oil imports. Democrats, a few moderate Republicans and environmental groups argued that the pristine wilderness should be left untouched in favor of stricter oil conservation measures and drilling elsewhere.
The Senate voted 52-to-48 to reject drilling in ANWR.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat, urged lawmakers to reject ANWR drilling.
"The solution to our long-term energy problems is not to just open this environmentally sensitive area to drilling," Bingaman said during the Senate debate.
"This does not reduce in a significant way our dependence on imported oil."
Bingaman cited federal energy data estimating that any oil production from ANWR would not begin until about 2012, and that the field would be largely played out by 2025."
I attended an Anti-War rally Saturday morning in Long Beach. Let me tell you this: Cameras were everywhere. The march consisted of (the officer told me) an estimated 20,000 activists. And you know what? We didn't end up on local [cough]shitty[/cough] 10 o'clock news.
Why? Only because it was a peaceful protest. No fights broke out. The LBPD let us do our thing. No babies were snatched. No cars blew up. It was very peaceful. Very nice. That's exactly why you didn't see this on television; no drama. Just telling you all that what you see on television is 99% bullshit blanket media.
I spent a good 3.5 hours of my morning walking on 2nd off 10 blocks. Very fun. I actually stood up for what I believed in.
p.s. ...one more thing [bragging rights up ahead]. yesterday i took my theory/performance/conducting test at cal poly pomona (written test/listening test, performance, then conducting a small group) and I scored, averaging all the scores together, a mighty 91.8%. Go Hugo :) Everyone was bitching about their low 80s scores...suckers...
Honors Gala next Sunday.