As you can imagine the Alaskan senators are in a huff. This part is pricelss:
"After hours of negotiations and a bitter denunciation by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who added the drilling provision to the bill, the Senate voted 93 to 0 to approve the defense bill without the drilling authority. Stevens angrily complained to his colleagues that they were sacrificing billions of dollars in oil royalty revenue that could have gone for domestic priorities such as Hurricane Katrina disaster aid, homeland security funds and heating bill assistance for low-income people.
"I'm going to go to every one of your states, and I'm going to tell them what you've done," said Stevens, the leading advocate of drilling in Alaska. "This was wrong."
So it's because we don't have to screw over the Alaskan environment that we don't have money for Homeland Security, Katrina aid etc. *right*