ConocoPhillips has decided to withdraw from Arctic Power, the main lobbying group pushing for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We were actually going to write this up in the Daily Grist today, but our subscription to the Wall Street Journal, where it was reported, has mysteriously stopped working. (Anybody got a login they’d care to share? Not that I would ever encourage you to do something illegal, like send the login and password to droberts at grist dot org.)
Luckily, the Green Life Blog has a summary of the story, with some trenchant thoughts on its significance.
Of course, this good news is tempered by the fact that Sen. Pete Dominici (R), recently re-elected chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is hell-bent on getting into ANWR. “We are going to make a push to develop our vast oil resources in the Arctic Refuge in a way that leaves the environment pristine while stabilizing oil prices and enhancing our energy independence,” he said, which is fine unless you consider he’s being dishonest about the “vast” part, the “pristine” part, the “stabilize” part, and the “independence” part. Sadly, the “push” part is true.