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Bush pushes ANWR drilling on campaign trail

President Bush has been including a call for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in his regular stump speech. In Florida today, he had this to say, "You know, there's 17 million acres up there -- and all they're asking to do is explore on 2,000 of the 17 million, which, had we done this nearly a decade ago, we'd have an additional million barrels of oil -- of U.S. oil helping to fuel our economy."

President Bush also mentioned conservation and renewable resources, tying that and drilling to spurring the economy.

"Now, there's some things we've got to do to make sure the economy stays strong. You hear a lot of talk about jobs in America. All of us want jobs to stay here in America. The best way to keep jobs in America is for America to be the best place to do business in the world. (Applause.) Now, what does that mean? I'll tell you what it means. It means we need an energy policy to make us less dependent on foreign sources of energy. (Applause.) If we want to keep jobs here, we've got to conserve better, we've got to work on renewables, and we've got to explore for environmentally friendly ways, in particular, in places like ANWR in Alaska. "

Read more - ANWR remarks at "ask President Bush" speech [Whitehouse.gov]

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