What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Oil & Gas Industry : H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Allow, But Limit, Oil-Drilling in the Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (2003 house Roll Call 134)
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H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Allow, But Limit, Oil-Drilling in the Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
house Roll Call 134     Apr 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The most controversial provision included in legislation outlining the nation's energy policy was oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Some have argued that drilling in ANWR is a necessary step to reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil reserves. Progressives, however, opposed the ANWR drilling for two main reasons. First, the oil-drilling had definite potential to cause environmental degradation. Second, the stock of oil in the ANWR would not decrease foreign reliance; geologists estimate that the ANWR reserves could satisfy only a miniscule percent of the nation's energy demand. Improving the fuel efficiency in automobiles, progressives argue, is a better way to reduce oil-consumption in the U.S. In an effort to make oil-drilling in ANWR more palatable, Congresswoman Wilson (R-NM) proposed an amendment to the energy legislation which would have limited the surface area in ANWR that could be used for oil production to 2000 acres. Progressives voted in opposition to the amendment on the grounds that no drilling in ANWR should be allowed. The Wilson amendment was adopted on a 226-202 vote.

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