As I understand it, the idea is to get all the controversial actions out of the way as quickly as possible, so that the next 3 1/2 years will be much smoother sailing.posted by aaron at 5:11 PM on April 22, 2001
As the linked definition indicates, I considered ANWR drilling to be "an object of obsessive, usually exaggerated fear." Even if it had happened, it wouldn't have been a
For the record, most Alaskans were for it, including the Alaskans actually in the area that would have been affected. And Americans in general were not nearly as against it as some would believe. And the "1-year-supply" thing is nowhere near true (though I don't recall ever seeing anyone claim that would be the only source of American oil). A number of ANWR myths are defused here.
Postroad: Well, like I said, WH polling will probably always exist. But the Clinton Administration was very poll-happy, and they figured strongly into far too many policy decisions, IMHO. And I don't think polls mattered much here; Bush obviously has strong beliefs that this is the worst possible time to go enviro-nutty, when we're teetering on the edge of recession. And he believes even more strongly that any policies enacted by Clintonian fiat (executive order) in the last few days of his administration, whether environmental or otherwise, should be looked at very closely before a decision is made whether to allow them to stand. In the end, I think jpoulos was right about it being a Congressional thing. (He's laughably wrong about the puppet-of-the-oil-barons thing, naturally.)posted by aaron at 8:43 PM on April 22, 2001
Yup. From today's Chicago Tribune (sorry, no link):
"White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Monday that Christine Whitman ... was speaking in 'confusion' Sunday when she announced that a White House energy task force would not recommend drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Fleischer then [said] that the task force will recommend that oil drilling be allowed in the refuge."
Did Whitman just get goofed up on Earth Day rhetoric?posted by jbushnell at 12:56 PM on April 24, 2001
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