Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Poly Ticks

This post is pretty late, so I assume everyone's heard the news regarding ANWR.

"An attempt to require automakers to increase fuel economy to a fleet average of 33 miles per gallon over the next decade was defeated 254-177.

Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-New York, a co-sponsor of the auto fuel economy proposal, said it would have reduced oil use by 2 million barrels a day -- more than could be taken from ANWR -- by 2020. He described as "a bunch of nonsense" claims by opponents that the increased fuel economy would cost the auto industry jobs, force consumers to buy smaller cars and reduce automobile safety."

Hooray for them quoting a Republican as being FOR the defeated fuel economy proposal... that goes against stereotype. But the fact that increasing fuel economy is not considered important enough to pass is ironic. After all, isn't the whole point of drilling in ANWR to reduce our dependence on foreign oil? Oh, but of course - we're only seeking to increase dependence on our own oil. I almost thought that someone had come up with a sensible idea and wanted to reduce America's dependence on a non-renewable, heavily polluting energy source.

This protest of the bill seemed like a good idea at the time. Sign it and pass it on, if you like.

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