Victory in Alaska

Yes, it's great, absolutely great, that drilling in the ANWR was defeated. It's just a frustrating sign of the times that "victory" these days means not having something backward, damaging and stupid happen.

So, you know, ID won't be taught as Science in Dover, PA and we won't mutilate a pristine wildlife refuge. Entropy lovers shake their heads and tell us that's the best you can do given this particular physical universe. Fine.

Carl Pope provides the closeup on the sausage factory that is the senate: "Bullying and intimidation might work sometimes, but not always. At midday today, the U.S. Senate stood up to the arch bully, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, and rejected his demand that it allow the oil industry to drill the Arctic as the price of continuing to provide funding and support for our troops."

He's referring to the fact that ANWR drilling was inserted into the Defense Budget, a move designed to corner ANWR defenders into either defending ANWR or providing support to troops. The senate called bullshit on that.

In other news, these two, entirely unrelated facts are combined with no regard whatsoever for reams of evidence and the vast majority of expert opinion by Adam Browning: As greenhouse-gas emissions go up (2005 is the worst year ever!), temperatures go... up (2005 is the hottest year on record). (HuffPost, Gristmill)

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