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2008-07-04 03:00:14

By Reid Magney, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 4--Republican congressional candidate Paul Stark of Eau Claire said Thursday he'll fly to Alaska this month to learn about drilling for oil in the arctic. In La Crosse on Thursday, Stark said he and several other GOP congressional candidates are going to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on their own. "It's just a fact-finding mission. We're going as private citizens. We're all paying our own way. There is no big oil money or anything...

2008-07-03 09:01:08

Five congressional candidates are headed to Alaska to show support for opening a wildlife refuge up to oil development, sources said. All five are Republicans, The Hill newspaper reported. Craig Williams, running against Joe Sestak, D-Pa., said drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would provide a bridge to tomorrow when we can more heavily rely on renewable energy resources such as hydro-electric, solar and wind power. President Bush has supported the idea of exploring the...

2008-07-03 06:00:52

By Kirk Swauger, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Jul. 3--SOMERSET -- Standing before a sign at Sheetz showing gas prices hovering near $4 a gallon, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster outlined legislation Wednesday to lower gas prices and increase domestic energy production. Shuster's Energy Independence Act, introduced in Congress on June 26, would open domestic oil and gas fields for drilling and invest in alternative energies -- nuclear, clean coal, coal-to-oil, biofuels and wind. "The American...

2008-07-02 15:00:24

WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite a multimillion-dollar campaign to convince lawmakers that they should allow drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the American public is not buying the oil industry's arguments, according to a new national poll conducted over the past week and released today. The poll found that 55% of the American public supports continued protection for the Arctic Refuge, while only 36% favor opening the Refuge to drilling....

2008-07-02 09:00:55

By H JOSEF HEBERT By H. Josef Hebert The Associated Press WASHINGTON High gasoline prices have dramatically changed Americans' views on energy and the environment, with more people now viewing oil drilling and new power plants as a greater priority than energy conservation when compared with five months ago, according to a new survey. The poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center shows nearly half of those surveyed - 47 percent - now rate energy exploration, drilling and...

2008-07-01 12:00:00

By Elizabeth Bluemink, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 1--The oil industry wants to remind us how big it is in Alaska. The Alaska Oil and Gas Association published a study on Monday detailing the jobs, total payroll and tax revenue generated by Alaska's oil and gas industry last year. The report updates a study of 1999 oil spending and taxes published by the association and The Alliance, a trade group for oil service companies. Both studies showed that oil spent more on payroll than...

2008-07-01 09:00:35

The following editorial appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday, June 29: ___ At $4 a gallon, the high price of gas is hurting American families and putting a stranglehold on the nation's economy. This month, a survey funded by the nonpartisan Surdna Foundation found that families across the nation are paring budgets to pay for skyrocketing fuel costs, with poor families even scrimping on food and medicine. Days ago, Northwest Airlines' Doug Steenland grimly warned Congress of...

2008-06-26 18:02:53

Recently, President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain called for lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling for oil. Bush also has called for drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Critics contend it will take roughly 10 years for oil from new drilling to become available. They argue America would be wiser to invest that time and money to develop alternative energy sources. Should America drill for oil offshore and/or in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?...

2008-06-24 15:02:34

BP and Alaskan state investigators said they are examining a water leak in a new section of pipeline in the Prudhoe Bay oilfield. The pipe sprang a leak June 16 releasing about 50,000 gallons of water into a tundra lake, the Anchorage Daily Times reported Tuesday. The leak occurred as workers prepared to test the pipeline by sending water through it under high pressure. BP spokesman Steve Rinehart said the company is trying to determine why the pipe leaked. It was scheduled to be an oil...

2008-06-24 02:30:18

Gas is $4 a gallon. Oil is $135 a barrel and rising. We import two-thirds of our oil, sending hundreds of billions of dollars to the likes of Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. And yet we voluntarily prohibit ourselves from even exploring huge domestic reserves of petroleum and natural gas. At a time when U.S. crude oil production has fallen 40 percent in the past 25 years, 75 billion barrels of oil have been declared off- limits, according to the U.S. Energy Information...


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