Three Democrat Senate candidates support ANWR drilling

by William Yeatman on July 20, 2004

Democratic Party candidates for open Senate seats in Alaska, Louisiana, and Oklahoma have said they would push fellow Democrats to support opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling if they win in November.

In Alaskas Senate race, former Gov. Tony Knowles (D) has attacked incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) for not doing enough to secure ANWR exploration.

In Oklahoma, Rep. Brad Carson (D) hopes to replace incumbent Sen. Don Nickles (R) who is retiring in January.  Carson recently stated, Having Democrats willing to stand up for strong energy policy will make a difference.  He added, We have to take the partisanship out of the issue.  While there are no guarantees, our voices are really important if ANWR is going to happen.

In Louisiana, Rep. Chris John (D) a pro-ANWR drilling candidate has won the support of retiring Sen. John Breaux (D).  The state ranks in the top five nationwide in production of both oil and natural gas, and the industry contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy each year (Greenwire, July 9, 2004).

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