Wednesday, December 21, 2005


AP: Senate defeats Alaska drilling - Dec. 21

By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer - 16 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The Senate blocked opening the nation's largest untapped oil reserve in an Alaska wildlife refuge Wednesday, denying President Bush his top energy priority and delivering a victory to environmentalists who said drilling would threaten wildlife.

Sen. Ted StevensIt was a stinging defeat for Sen. Ted Stevens, left, (news, bio, voting record), R-Alaska, one of the Senate's most powerful members, who had hoped to garner more votes by putting the measure onto a defense spending bill. That forced senators to choose between supporting the drilling measure, or risking the political fallout from voting against money for the troops and hurricane victims.

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