- It always pays to look at both sides of every issue and
even check into the history of certain issues. Joe Biden has always been
one of those DNC Democrats in the Senate who seems to think Washington, DC owns Alaska,
not the citizens of Alaska. He has also been actively engaged in
blocking many attempts to develop US oil and natural gas supplies
to give Americans independence from foreign oil. Biden is NOT a friend
- When the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (another TAP, just like
the pipeline too far in Afghanistan) was voted on in 1973, Biden was
one of only 5 US Senators who voted against the final passage
of the pipeline funding authorization.
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- Biden and Alaska History
- by Micheal Carey
- From Michael Carey, former ADN editorial page editor,
TV talk show host and occasional columnist in the newspaper --
- Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, Democratic presidential
candidate Barack Obama's choice for vice president, has been a senator
- He is one of only five senators who were present in 1973
when Congress passed legislation authorizing construction of the trans-Alaska
pipeline system (TAPS).
- Biden, then 30, was the youngest member of the Senate
and not a leader in the lengthy debate over the pipeline. But his voting
record is striking - at least to an Alaskan interested in history.
- Biden was a reliable "no" on TAPS. In July,
when the Senate passed the Gravel-Stevens amendment allowing immediate
construction of the line and precluding further judicial review, Biden
voted no. The amendment passed after Vice President Spiro Agnew broke a
- In November, Biden voted against final passage of the
bill. The vote was 80-5, Biden one of the five.
- The pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez was
controversial, mostly because of the potential environmental consequences
and widespread public distrust of the oil companies. Some senators also
felt the line should go from Alaska to the Midwest.
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- The five Senators who voted against the final passage
of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline were 4 Democrats and 1 liberal Republican
- 'In November, Biden was a holdout "no" with
Democrats Birch Bayh (Indiana), Harold Hughes (Iowa), William Proxmire
(Wisconsin) and Republican Edward Brooke (Massachusetts).'
- If you note in the above text, some of the US Senators
saw the wisdom in bringing the pipeline directly to the US, which
requires putting part of it in Canada to make the transit from Alaska to
the lower 48 states. Maps are maps and geography is geography.
- What Sarah Palin pushed through in Alaska was
a Trans-Canada Pipeline that would deliver Alaska natural gas
directly to the lower 48. The Democrats are pitching a fit about that
pipeline. That is the project that, when all is said and done, will cost
in the range of $30 to $40 billion.
- Had our 'leaders' in Washington gone with the trans-Canada
route, rather than just to the port of Valdez, the big Exxon Oil Spill
would have never happened. Even now, as the plans are being made for other
pipelines to get the oil and natural gas directly to the US, DNC environmental
factions are already fighting the projects.
- These DNC twits haven't a clue what they are doing or
even talking about. It is all knee-jerks and crap, no logical solutions
to real problems. What is even more curious is this pretense of acting
like Canada is some kind of treacherous enemy, and that we cannot
do anything smart like route the pipeline through it.
- Now that Sarah Palin has sealed a deal to bring the new
Alaska natural gas through Canada, the environmentalist are calling her
every name they can dream up.
- Or, maybe they want to set the stage for another big
Exxon Valdez oil spill so these non-Progressive morons will have something
to bitch about.