Kerry Says He'll Filibuster Any Republican Effort to Open Alaska to Oil Drilling
Senator John Kerry announced today that he intends to fight any renewed effort to open ANWR to oil drilling or exploration. Alaska's two senators have said that they will again try to open up the state's 1.5 million acre pristine wilderness to oil rigs as part of the Senate's debate this week on energy legislation.
"It's déjà vu all over again when it comes to proposals to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and I'm as committed to defeating it this time as I was the last seven years," Kerry said. "Drilling in the Refuge is a terrible idea that a majority in both houses of Congress have already gone on record opposing. I feel strongly enough about this that I will filibuster the amendment and force those who want to drill in the Artic refuge to find at least 60 votes. I hope they take the hint and drop this ill-conceived idea. By now it should be clear to everyone that we can't drill our way towards energy independence."