What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Oil & Gas Industry : H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Prevent Oil-Drilling in the Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (2003 house Roll Call 135)
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H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Prevent Oil-Drilling in the Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
house Roll Call 135     Apr 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Congress drafted energy legislation for the purpose of increasing domestic energy production so as to reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil. Included in the energy plan, however, are plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil-drilling operations; a policy which progressives strongly oppose (see Roll Call Vote #134). In an effort to prevent drilling operations from being undertaken, Congressman Markey (D-MA) offered an amendment to the energy legislation which would have prevented the Interior Department from granting oil and gas leases to oil companies wishing to drill for oil in ANWR. Progressives supported Markey's amendment as a way to protect one of the nation's most pristine wildlife refuges. The amendment failed to muster majority support in the chamber and was defeated by a vote of 197-228.

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