No, I pretty much think that between the lies about the enviornment and the over-dramatization about how much of ANWR would really be used for oil exploration (2000 out of 19 million acres) and Tom Daschle’s gigantic interest in ethanol and hardon for a fillibuster, the ANWR thing was pooch screwed by lying since day 1.
The people who were out there protesting it claiming that it would destroy the habitat for all the animals were lying through their teeth, because they knew that only a tiny fraction would actually be explored, that the tiny fraction was mostly composed of arctic desert, and that the drilling plan was to only be enacted during times when wildlife wouldn’t be in mating season. Tom Daschle just added a nice touch with the whole “I want a fillibuster” thing, because he has a decent interest in less petroleum being used in gasoline. He’s from South Dakota. Many of his constituents are corn farmers. He wants them to vote for him, so he fights against petroleum exploration and for increased ethanol limits in gasoline, since ethanol is made from corn.
Hell even other Democrats and some environmental groups were pissed at him for that. Feinstein wasn’t into the fillibuster and gave a pretty rousing speech mentioning Daschle’s corn farmer interest - underlining the point the enviornmentalists made in favor of drilling in ANWR: gasoline, although not very clean, creates less smog than ethanol.
But of course, the American public got to hear on NBC all about how the drilling of ANWR (implying it was all of ANWR) would destroy wildlife habitats, and nothing at all about the environmental concerns raised about petroleum alternative ethanol (increased smog).
Then again, most of the time it seems the American public doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the actual facts.
And BTW, catsix is not a ‘he’.