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Drill, Baby, Drill! — In NYC’s Central Park. . .

This is hilarious:

Alaska proposes federal takeover of NYC’s Central Park

Declaring turnabout is fair play, Alaskans tired of interference from ‘East Coast environmentalists’ offer a legislative retort.

Alaskan state legislators are tired of interference from East Coast environmentalists into their state’s affairs. Hoping to make a point with what Republican state Rep. Kyle Johansen calls “political satire,” legislators have introduced a bill that would declare New York City’s Central Park “to be a wilderness area and to prohibit any further improvement or development of Central Park unless authorized by an act of Congress.”

Johansen told the New York Times that he is trying to point out the “hypocrisy” of “those East Coast folks who write a lot of checks to shut down Alaska, while in their own backyard, Manhattan has been turned from a pristine wild island supporting an amazing Muir web of life to having only Central Park left as a green belt.”   The bill, HJR31, was introduced into the Alaskan state legislature last week. It comes in response to resistance toward opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil development and drilling. Many Alaskan state legislators from both political parties support drilling in AWNR, which became a federally protected area in 1960 and was later expanded in 1980. Congressional approval is required for oil development in the 29,687 square miles of ANWR’s “Area 1002.”

Yes! The subways under the park and cross-town traffic are disturbing the natural habitat of pigeons and squirrels. The rest here.

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