'But (senator Ted) Stevens said his primary concern is how to fund renewable energy projects in the state, because they offer little return profit. That’s why Alaska’s more well known resources should not be downplayed when touting renewable sources. Specifically, he said, he’d like to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to exploration and commit 10 percent of that revenue to alternative energy sources.
“Then we wouldn’t have to go to Congress every year and ask for money,” he said.'
This in a story that appeared in the News-Miner today written by friend Margaret. The senator and gov. Frank Murkowski (both staunch republicans) were at the energy fair yesterday to yakity yak yak. (Speaking of which, I got a flier in the mail the other day that read: If moose could vote, they'd vote for Frank Murkowski.)
Welcome to Alaska folks! Stevens wants to open up ANWR to oil drilling to fund renewable energy projects. Gawd. This place. Where the hell am I? And the bit about going to ask congress for money? This is the guy who got more than 400 million federal dollars to build two bridges in Alaska. One is the infamous 'bridge to nowhere.' (a $200 million project from a tiny AK town to an even tinier one.)
These are just a couple of our elected officials in this good ol' boys' club. I'd like to wrap up this post/rant with a couple more quotes from Sen. Stevens who is, for those who don't know, the chairman of the senate commerce committee, the committee that regulates e-commerce. These quotes were spewed earlier in the summer, but are just too funny. This is the man that Alaskans have continued to re-elect for nearly 40 YEARS! This is uncle Ted speaking before congress on the proposed net neutrality act.
"The internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's, it's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand that those tubes can be filled, and if they're filled when you put your message in it, it gets in line, it's gonna be delayed by anyone who puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."
These are not typos. This was his argument against net neutrality. Yikes. Oh yeah, the primary is tomorrow.
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