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No War on Alaska

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10/12/2005

Given that the Rev Pat believes that "We have the ability to take him out" and that "we don't need another $200-billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator," are the Lord's Special Ops Brigades about to swap their jungle fatigues for some Arctic warfare kit?

Spot the difference: between this evil foreign dictator:

'The President[Hugo Chavez] is also going after rich landowners. Authorities recently began taking control of 21 large ranches spread over hundreds of thousands of acres. Chávez has threatened to hand part of the land to poor Venezuelans unless owners legally document their ownership and show that their spreads are being productively used.'

...and this upstanding public servant, doing his bit for the US consumer: 'Alaska's oil and gas chief is threatening to revoke leases held by Exxon Mobil Corp. and other producers for not drilling the rich fields near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Division of Oil and Gas director Mark Myers says Exxon Mobil, the operator and largest leaseholder of the 106,200-acre Point Thomson unit, which has sat undeveloped for nearly three decades, has made a "mockery" of their obligation to bring oil and gas from Point Thomson to market. The producers, which also include BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., Chevron USA Inc. and ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., have said it's not commercially viable to develop Point Thomson. But with gas and oil prices at all-time highs, Myers is taking a hard line.

"We believe it's time for the field to come into that development stage," Myers said. "It hasn't made that jump in the last 28 years."'

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