Senator uses crisis for
In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks
on our country, Congress has been busy passing important legislation that
will effectively handle and rectify this
situation. This includes a multibillion-dollar
defense bill that was on the floor a little less than two weeks ago. In
the midst of this, Senator James Inhofe of
Oklahoma has mercilessly attempted to
exploit this anti-terrorism bill with one of his own.
Sen. Inhofe is closely aligned with the
oil industry. While the $345 billion-dollar terrorism bill was on the floor,
he had the audacity to attach a multi-billion
dollar energy amendment to it, which called
for the harmful drilling of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
He claimed that the oil would be
necessary in case this country goes into
recession. What Sen. Inhofe refuses to address, however, is that the oil
would take 10 years to reach the market
and is estimated to only last six months
under the country's demand.
For those unfamiliar with this issue, the
oil companies are pushing the national government to pass legislation that
would allow the gates of the Arctic
Refuge to be opened to drilling and would
also include a nice $30 billion in tax subsidies for them. This is what
Sen. Inhofe is trying to get through
So what's wrong with this picture? Not
only would it destroy the Refuge's delicate habitat, it is also quiet inappropriate
to take advantage of our crisis for Big
Quite frankly, it's appalling. The terrorist
attack on our country was one of profound sadness. It is blatantly disrespectful
for an elected representative of this
country to conduct himself in such an
unprofessional and heartless fashion.
This college student was not the only one
to take note of Sen. Inhofe's stupidity; newspapers from around the nation
have also brought negative attention
to the Senator. The Boston Globe struck
deep into the heart of the matter, labeling it "oil opportunism." The Honolulu
Star Bulletin stated that, "Now in this
time of national emergency, Congress must
move wisely and quickly to implement measures that can't wait. … High on
the list of actions that must not be
rushed is approval of drilling in the
Arctic National Refuge." I could not agree any further.
For those supporting Sen. Inhofe, never
fear: He has vowed to attach an energy bill to "every single piece of legislation
that comes through the Senate." In
addition to this outrage, perhaps you
will be pleased to see the following. A simple search on www.msn.com under
Sen. Inhofe's name produced other
anti-environmental measures, such as him
rejecting clean air legislation based on incredibly weak arguments. Check
it out for yourselves.
For those of you who happen to disagree
with the Senator, you can keep yourself posted and e-mail your senator
Shireen Conner, a sophomore
psychology major, can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.