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Mr. Bush called on Congress Wednesday to end a longstanding federal ban
on offshore drilling and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for
oil exploration, arguing that the steps were needed to lower gasoline
prices and bolster national security. But even as oil trades at more
than $135 a barrel — up from $68 a year ago — the world’s existing
drill-ships are booked solid for the next five years.
House lawmakers have expressed concern that the Federal Protective
Service’s placement in the Homeland Security Department might have
caused budget and staffing problems resulting in dangerous security
Enshayan, director of an environmental center at the University of Northern Iowa,
suspects that this natural disaster wasn’t really all that natural. He
points out that the heavy rains fell on a landscape radically
reengineered by humans. Plowed fields have replaced tallgrass prairies.
Fields have been meticulously drained with underground pipes. Streams
and creeks have been straightened. Most of the wetlands are gone. Flood
plains have been filled and developed.
And then there is this from WI…
A woodchuck stalker shot herself in the foot Tuesday afternoon as she
waited in her rural Ferryville vegetable garden to dispatch a marauding
The model of the rifle in this accident, and the fate of the offending woodchuck, were not immediately available.