Friday, November 04, 2005

Senate to Vote on Arctic Drilling. Get to that Phone and Use It. It's Easy!

Yeah, I don't have much hope in those rich, (mostly) white guys in Washington, but I suppose it's worth a try.

From Another Group: Please Act. Very easy!

Senate to Vote on Arctic Drilling!

Arctic Drilling Proposal on Senate Floor – Calls Needed!

Drilling in the Arctic Refuge will be under debate tomorrow on the
floor of
the US Senate (Wednesday, November 2) while the Senate is debating the
overall Budget Reconciliation bill. It is possible Arctic champion
Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will again offer an amendment to remove the
drilling provision from the budget reconciliation bill. Debate is
to go all day Wednesday and most of the day Thursday.

Drilling in America’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has no place in
federal budget reconciliation bill. This proposal has nothing to do
lowering gas prices. According the Government’s own Department of
drilling in the Refuge will lower gas prices by only a penny per
gallon 20
years from now. This proposal has nothing to do with reducing our
dependence on foreign oil. The Department of Energy estimates that
when the Arctic Refuge is at peak production, our country will still be
importing 66% - a whopping two thirds of all of our oil. Drilling in
America’s Arctic Refuge has nothing to do with the budget – it is a
effort to ram an unpopular proposal through the Senate, sidestepping
usual process of open debate.

The American people have made it clear that they want the Arctic Refuge
protected. There are some places that are too special to ruin with oil
drilling, and America’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of them.


Take a moment and call your Senator – tell them to please protect
Arctic Refuge and vote against the budget reconciliation bill.

Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

To send an email, go to:

If this bill passes the Senate, we will still have a chance to stop it
the House, and indications are looking better all the time that the
willnot accept a budget with Arctic in it. But if we can stop it in
Senate, we don't have to worry about the House - please call your

Erik DuMont
National Field Director
Alaska Wilderness League
122 C Street, NW, Suite 240
Washington, DC 20001
P: 202-544-5205
F: 202-544-5197

“Report Says Arctic Drilling Would Devastate Gwich'in Lifeways,” Brenda
Norrell, Indian Country Today, October 28, 2005. Copyrite1998 - 2005
Indian Country Today. All Rights Reserved.

[“Fairbanks, AK: A new report says drilling in the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge would devastate the Gwich'in way of life, which depends
on the Porcupine caribou herd that calves at a site targeted by some
members of Congress
for drilling. Luci Beach, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering
Committee which is authorized by the Gwich'in Nation, spoke of the
crucial impact that drilling would have on the ability of the Gwich'in
people to survive. ‘Our fear
is that the United States is turning their backs on the Gwich'in
people,’ Beach said. Beach said the Gwich'in are carrying out their
longstanding responsibility given to them by the Creator to take care of
the caribou herds. ‘It represents who we are as a people,’ Beach said.
‘What happens to the caribou, happens to the Gwich'in.’ Beach's comments
came during the release of the new report, ‘A
Moral Choice for the United States: The Human Rights Implications for
the Gwich'in of Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.’ The
report was released by the Gwich'in Steering Committee; Trustees for
Alaska; the Episcopal
Church; and Professor Richard J. Wilson, director of the International
Human Rights Law Clinic at American University in Washington, D.C..”]

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