Okay, you US citizen readers, this is the time to get out and get angry...and to start writing letters and e-mails to your elected representatives.
By now, you've probably heard about the W/GOP plan to grant a gas rebate check to all American consumers (article here). What you may not know is that, attached to that bill, is a provision to open the Alaska wildlife reserve to oil drilling.
Now, everything I've heard about that oil deposit is that it wouldn't actually yield benefits for a large number of years. And there is utterly no hope of getting that oil and keeping the surrounding areas uncontaminated...drilling equipment, trucks, construction, these things all yeild pollution.
So what the GOP plan is essentially doing is offering a bribe to the average citizen in exchange for us looking the other way while they pilliage one of the most pure parts of our nation...for what looks like negligible gains.
If this gets you mad (and I hope it raises that ire), then send e-mails to your senators (here in Ohio, that's Senator George Voinovich and Senator Mike DeWine. I then suggest following those up with e-mails to your representatives and to our president. Let these people know how you feel. While I don't know if it will do any good, it will at least make your conscience feel a little less dirty.