Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

2/03/2005

Wind Power

Give Dayton credit. Most of his proposals are the lethal combo of bad policy and bad politics. This is dreadful policy but good politics.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., co-sponsored legislation Wednesday that would designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska as a federal wilderness area, putting it off-limits to oil drilling forever.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., in the Senate and Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., in the House. They joined Dayton at an outdoor Capitol Hill rally, where the group denounced any attempts in Congress to attach legislation that would allow oil production in the region to other bills.

Dayton said ethanol should play a larger role in an overall plan to use less oil and that drilling in Alaska's refuge would only benefit the oil industry.

"This is about corporate greed," he said. "This isn't about national energy policy."

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