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SAVE THE ARCTIC REFUGE FROM
ACTION DEADLINE: March 8, 2005
Dear James M,
THE ISSUE: Pressure continues to build to open the pristine Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge to the onslaught of energy development. In
the next two weeks, some members of Congress plan to push to include
revenues from drilling in the refuge in the fiscal year 2006 budget
bill, which would make it almost certain that Congress would
authorize development. At the same time, some in Congress are
working to include drilling in the refuge in national energy
legislation. Now is the time to oppose these attempts to open the
refuge and to urge instead that Congress make the refuge off limits
to drilling by designating part of it as wilderness.
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Your voice can make a big difference in protecting the Arctic
Refuge. Thank you for your help.
World Wildlife Fund
[Randy Snodgrass is WWF's director of Government Relations and a long-
time advocate of wilderness protection for the Arctic Refuge's
threatened coastal plain.]
For years, oil companies have been heavily lobbying to open the
coastal plain -- the biological heart of the wildlife refuge -- to
oil drilling. Such development would transform this sanctuary into a
spider web of roads, pipelines, sewage plants, drilling pads, and
housing for thousands of workers that would destroy the wilderness
character of the land and limit the free movement of wildlife.
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.)
recently introduced legislation to designate a portion of the Arctic
Refuge as wilderness, which would make it off limits to oil drilling.
Already 23 senators and 115 representatives have signed on as
cosponsors (see the list of House cosponsors and Senate cosponsors).
But many more endorsements are needed in order to fend off the very
serious threat facing the refuge.
Conservation Action Network activists like you have spoken out
repeatedly for the caribou, polar bears, wolves, grizzly bears, and
many other creatures that depend on the refuge. We are counting on
you to do so again.
-- Call your members of Congress -- toll free -- at 1-888-WILDAK (1-
888-894-5325) and make the main points from the letter below
-- Participate in the Arctic Refuge Action Day on March 12
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Dear (your representative's and senators' names will be inserted
As your constituent and someone concerned about safeguarding our
country's irreplaceable natural heritage, I urge you to cosponsor
legislation to designate the coastal plain of the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge as wilderness (S. 261 and H.R. 567). If you have
already cosponsored the wilderness bill, thank you for joining 23
senators and 115 representatives in recognizing the value of
protecting this magnificent place.
I also urge you to oppose any effort to open the refuge to oil and
gas development. Specifically, I ask you to contact the chairman of
the Budget Committee to state your opposition to adding Arctic
drilling language to the fiscal year 2006 budget bill.
Along with a majority of Americans, I strongly support protecting the
refuge, particularly its biological heart -- the coastal plain. The
coastal plain is one of the most important regions on the planet for
conserving biological diversity. Unfortunately, oil drilling would
subject this world-class resource to a spider web of roads,
pipelines, drill pads, housing, and other infrastructure that would
destroy the wilderness character of the land and limit the free
movement of wildlife.
Contrary to the claims of drilling proponents, drilling in the refuge
is not the answer to America's energy problems. It would not
appreciably reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and could not
insulate the United States from short-term volatility in the world
oil market. The government estimates that only six months of
economically recoverable oil exists in the coastal plain and it would
not be available for 10 years.
A much better approach to managing our natural resources and securing
our energy future would be to require our growing fleet of sport
utility vehicles to meet the fuel economy standards now in force for
passenger cars. Such a step would save us more oil over the next
decade than drilling in the Arctic Refuge would produce.
Please do all you can to protect this crown jewel of our natural
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