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Make ANWR part of oil reserve, says Stevens

Anchorage, Alaska - Sen. Ted Stevens has a new strategy for opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.

At a news conference this afternoon here in Anchorage, Stevens said he wants to make ANWR part of the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Democrats have blocked oil drilling in ANWR for years, but Stevens says it only makes sense to tap the area's vast reserves for the nation's emergency energy supply.

"I think it is in the national interest to be able to produce from ANWR, and certainly, by the time we could get it ready to produce it would be a ready reserve," said Stevens, R-Alaska.

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Permalink :: posted on March 08, 2007 :: ::

Buried treasure: Access needed to federal reserves

Editor's Note: Here is a editorial by The Oklahoman Newspaper

AMERICA'S future depends on an energy strategy that combines using known oil and gas resources, developing new fuels and technologies and common-sense conservation. The largest and best known of these is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), on Alaska's northernmost shore. More than 10 billion barrels of oil are believed to be there.

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Permalink :: posted on December 04, 2006 :: ::

Pro-ANWR Stance from the Heritage Foundation

Here's a pro-ANWR editorial from the Heritage Foundation. Read the article in it's entirety here. Or just read this conclusion from the writer.

Even if the alternative energy projects proposed in the bill don’t pan out, the economic and energy security benefits of 10 billion barrels of additional domestic oil are a net plus for the American people.

Permalink :: posted on November 02, 2006 :: ::

Pence: House should vote on ANWR every week

Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Pence addressed a weekly meeting of bloggers on Capitol Hill. Pence covered many topics, but had a particularly interesting idea regarding the energy debate.

"On energy, Pence explained the need to explore "the hidden costs of regulation" and to increase supply. He pointed to boutique fuels mandates as counterproductive--and they don't make any sense to constituents. He also criticized a recently passed House bill on price gouging. He urged aggressive action on ANWR, and he said that the House should bring an ANWR bill to the floor every week."

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Permalink :: posted on May 18, 2006 :: ::

Oil in Alaska refuge seen raising $111 bln for US

WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) - Allowing energy companies to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would raise about $111 billion over 30 years in corporate income taxes and royalty fees, based on current prices, a congressional research report said on Tuesday.

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Permalink :: posted on May 03, 2006 :: ::

Senate passes ANWR provision in Budget Bill

Washington – The 2007 Senate Budget Resolution including a provision for revenue from lease sales from the 10-02 Area of ANWR passed the US Senate last night in a vote of 51-49. The Senate budget resolution topped $2.8 trillion with a benefit of $3 billion from ANWR lease revenue. This is the first of at least 4 major steps that need to take place for ANWR legislation to pass.

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Permalink :: posted on March 17, 2006 :: ::

Domenici Seeks ANWR Measure

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) confirmed he will press to include Arctic National Wildlife Refuge leasing in this year's budget resolution. The disclosure came as he complimented Interior Sec. Gale A. Norton for her department's support Mar. 2 of environmentally responsible development of oil and gas resources along ANWR's coastal plain. Norton appeared before the committee to discuss the department's proposed fiscal 2007 budget.

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Permalink :: posted on March 03, 2006 :: ::

White House says ANWR lease revenue could triple

Drilling for oil on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge figures prominently in the Bush administration’s fiscal 2007 budget proposal, thanks to lease sale revenue estimates that triple the $2.4 billion projected a year ago.

The U.S. Department of the Interior said Feb. 6 it expects to collect more than $7 billion from leasing tracts in the barren, but potentially oil-rich, 1002 Area of ANWR based on revised calculations from the Energy Information Administration and the Congressional Budget Office.

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Permalink :: posted on February 13, 2006 :: ::

ANWR Passage Blocked in Senate, For Now

Here are some stories of interest on today's vote.

How your senator voted (Forbes)

No Way Found to Cut Need for Foreign Oil (Washington Post)

Alaska Oil Drilling Myths (Washington Times)

Permalink :: posted on December 21, 2005 :: ::

U.S. House Votes to Open ANWR


(5 a.m.) Washington, D.C. December 19th -- The House of Representatives voted early this morning to open the 10-02 Area of ANWR to oil and gas exploration. The 308-106 vote was part of the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill which took place as the last act of an all night session just after 5 a.m. EST. The vote on the conference report followed a vote on the Rule (setting debate times, etc.) by a margin of 216-201. Sixteen Democrats voted to support the Rule, while 21 Republicans voted against it. Chairman Barton (Energy & Commerce Committee) returned to the floor to cast his vote in favor of ANWR only three days after suffering from a heart attack. The debate on the Conference Report lasted about an hour.

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Permalink :: posted on December 19, 2005 :: ::

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