Wednesday, March 6, 2002
The Senate is now debating energy policy, and the stakes are huge.
We need our senators to support an energy bill that secures our energy future while protecting our precious public lands, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Enron/oil-backed Bush Administration is again trying to push a bill through the senate to despoil our environment and natural wilderness areas.
This energy bill would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling; give tens of billions in taxpayer subsidies to the energy industry; make no substantial increase in car or SUV fuel economy.
By using more renewable energy like wind and solar power, and making America's cars and SUVs go farther on a gallon of gas, we can create more jobs and reduce our dependence on oil. With these measures we could be on the path toward a clean energy future, a healthy economy, and greater national security.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge