Senate Rejects Oil Drilling In Alaska

Overshadowed by the U.S. recent strike against Iraq, the U.S. Senate narrowly rejected oil drilling in the Alaska wildlife refuge Wednesday. Development of the millions of barrels of oil beneath the 100-mile coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska has been a key part of President Bush’s energy plan. Environmentalists contended drilling there would jeopardize a pristine area valued for its wildlife.

All but five Democrats voted against refuge drilling. There were eight Republicans who joined the Democrats in favor of barring oil companies from the refuge.

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