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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 03:52 PM
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During a radio interview on Wednesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attempted to argue that drilling for oil in Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) would be beneficial for Arctic wildlife. Bachmann claimed that drilling would cause not only an enhancement of wildlife expansion, but that the area around oil pipelines would also become a meeting ground and coffee klatch for caribou:

Some suggestions are that perhaps we would see an enhancement of wildlife expansion because of the warmth of the pipeline, she said. <> The pipeline has now become a meeting ground and coffee klatch for the caribou, she said.

Bachmann is not alone among conservatives in pushing this narrative of drilling being good for caribou. Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show last week that the caribou have multiplied cause they like the warmth that surrounds the pipeline. On Tuesday night, National Reviews Jonah Goldberg made a similar argument on Fox News:

GOLDBERG: People dont realize that at Prudhoe Bay, where they have been drilling for 30 years, the central Arctic caribou herd has increased fivefold since they started drilling up there. Some people say its because they get to hide from the bugs. Its a little easier for them. But people say its because of the lack of hunting. But it is not dangerous to the caribou up there.

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/06/20/bachmann-caribou-co...
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 03:55 PM
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1. She's probably confusing real caribou with the Caribou Coffee chain
and proves, once again, that she is batshit crazy.
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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 03:58 PM
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2. If global warming is melting the permafrost
how will they drill in ANWR anyway?
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 04:03 PM
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3. If they name a pipeline after George Bush ...
Michele Bachmann will fuck it.
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Rick Myers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 04:09 PM
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4. The woman is completely BAT SHIT crazy!!!
"A meeting place for caribou?"

No wonder she thinks Jeebus talks to her...
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 06:13 PM
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5. Just because Michelle feels warm cozying up to Bush's pipeline
is no reason the caribou will feel the same way about an oil pipeline.
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 06:13 PM
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6. She is SUCH a perv
:scared:
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Spooky_D Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 06:17 PM
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7. And all the water head repukes will believe it too...
N/T
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:07 PM
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8. I think Michele Bachmann has been feeling a bit too much warmth from the crackpipe
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-22-08 02:55 PM
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9. There is serious mental illness occupying our government.
June 19th, 2008 5:27 PM by Emily Kaiser


Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has joined the daily barrage of elected officials talking about ways to tackle rising gas prices. And its not just gas guzzlers who she says will benefit; Alaskan caribou could, too.

On the same day that President Bush voiced support for allowing offshore drilling and continued to push for drilling in Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) to help alleviate gas prices, Bachmann suggested that drilling in Alaska might be good for the environment.

Some suggestions are that perhaps we would see an enhancement of wildlife expansion because of the warmth of the pipeline, she said during her Wednesday appearance on WCCO-Radios Jack Rice Show.

Bachmann noted a caribou population increase, from 2,700 to 30,000, since the Trans Alaska Pipeline System from Prudhoe Bay was built in 1977.

The pipeline has now become a meeting ground and coffee klatch for the caribou, she said.

.....

Bachmann said moving forward quickly with this legislation could bring gas prices back to $2 a gallon or less in four years, but Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California is preventing a vote on the bill. Democrats have said Republicans are simplifying a complex energy debate to appeal to cash-strapped voters.

To persuade Pelosi to change her mind, Bachmann is seeking to enlist her constituents. She said she wants Minnesotans to send their gas and energy bills to her and she will put them in bushel baskets and deliver them to Pelosi to prove how much Americans are paying for the spike in prices.




<<<Too bad Ms. Pelosi didn't prevent a vote this week on the bill for FISA telecom immunity for illegal wiretapping, and yet another blank check war bill that will fund Bush's illegal war and occupation well into 2009.>>>




In 1991, President George H.W. Bush said of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, "The caribou love it. They rub against it and they have babies. There are more caribou in Alaska than you can shake a stick at."


San Francisco Chronicle, August 28, 2005




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