Call Your U.S. Representative's Local Office Today re: Arctic Drilling!
- Please Call Your U.S. Representative's Local Office Today re: Arctic
Drilling! (Deadline for calls is April 11, 2003)
CALL/LETTER TO U.S. HOUSE TO STOP PUSH FOR ARCTIC DRILLING
Take action by April 11, 2003
Source: The Wilderness Society
This is an urgent request for your phone calls and faxes to the U.S.
House of Representatives to protect the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge yet again. Despite the Senate's 52-48 bipartisan rejection of
Arctic drilling on March 19, the House continues to push its drilling
plans through every available vehicle.
The latest attack comes in the House energy bill, which the House
Resources Committee will begin debating starting Wednesday, April 2.
The measure will probably come to the House floor sometime next week.
Among its many damaging provisions, the bill would open the Coastal
Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA), Nancy Johnson (R-CT), and others will offer
an amendment on the floor next week to strike the Arctic Refuge
provisions. We can't be sure which day the vote will come, but House
leaders have vowed to pass an energy bill before they leave for their
spring recess April 11. Two years ago, the House narrowly approved an
energy bill that would have opened the Arctic to drilling. We expect
the vote to be very close this time as well and we can't afford to
take even a single vote for granted. Drilling proponents are applying
heavy pressure on swing members. Conservationists are pushing back
just as hard.
Because of the accelerated timetable for this legislation, we
urgently need you to call your member of Congress NOW! You can reach
your representative through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Please make your call today! We've listed talking points below.
Despite the Senate's bipartisan 52-48 vote to strip Arctic drilling
out of the federal budget for 2004, drilling proponents continue to
press to open the Arctic Refuge through other bills. The latest
threat comes in the energy bills being considered in both houses
right now. The House's version would open the Refuge to oil and gas
Make no mistake: this bill poses a grave threat to the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge. The Senate will mark up its own version of
the bill next week. In its current form, the Senate bill does not
contain Arctic drilling language, but the House passes an Arctic
drilling provision, then a House-Senate conference convened to
reconcile differences in the two measures could decide to include
drilling in the final bill.
INCOMPARABLE HABITAT AND WILDERNESS
The rolling tundra of the Arctic Refuge coastal plain with the snow-
capped Brooks Range in the background is a breathtaking sight. The
Refuge is prized the world over for its wildness, beauty, and the
incomparable habitat it provides to arctic wildlife, including
wolves, grizzlies, caribou and millions of migrating birds. It is
also the subject of an intense lobbying campaign by the oil industry.
Oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic will ruin one of our last
great wild places, all for what the U.S. Geological Survey concedes
is less oil than the U.S. uses in six months, and which wouldn't get
here for 10 years or more. Moreover, the Energy Information
Administration has concluded that drilling in the Refuge would only
reduce American dependence on oil imports from a projected 62% of our
total oil supply in 2020 to 60% at peak production.
The energy bill the House is now considering is very similar to HR 4,
the ill-conceived legislation that passed the House in August 2001.
In addition to Arctic drilling, the bill would extend massive
subsidies to the fossil fuels industries. Other provisions seek
to "expedite" the development of energy projects on federal lands,
almost certainly at the expense of environmental values.
In fact, throughout the bill, existing laws and policies designed to
protect environmental values are labeled as "impediments"
and "restrictions" on energy development. Sacrificing our environment
in order to make it easier for energy companies to exploit publicly
owned resources should not be the foundation of an energy policy for
the 21st century. We need an energy policy that protects our wild
places and invests more in cleaner, safer, renewable sources of
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Phone calls are the most helpful action you can take
because there is so little time. Please use the talking
points below when you call. The number for the House
switchboard, again, is 202-224-3121. Again, if you
could let us know by email what you hear when you call,
it will help us considerably in defending the Arctic
When you call your congressional office, simply tell
the person who answers the phone that you'd like to
provide your Representative your opinion about the
Energy Bill. That person will take a message and may
also be keeping a tally of calls. Please express these
1. Please ask the Representative to support the amendment
to the energy bill that will protect the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling.
2. The Arctic Refuge is an incomparable wilderness
and important wildlife habitat.
3. Oil development will do little for American energy
security; we need an energy policy that protects wild
places and invests more in cleaner, safer, renewable
~~~~~~~~~~~please personalize sample letter~~~~~~/j
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Re: Strike Arctic Refuge Oil Drilling From the Energy Bill
Dear Representative ________:
I am very concerned about the attempt to include in energy
legislation now under consideration in the House a proposal to drill
in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A solid majority of the
American public strongly supports protecting the Arctic Refuge from
drilling. Like the Senate, the House should reject all attempts to
drill the Arctic.
Drilling in the Arctic will ruin one of our last great wild places,
yet it will do little to increase national security, or reduce our
dependence on imported oil. Indeed, the U.S. Geological Survey
concedes that the Refuge likely holds less oil than the U.S. uses in
six months, and it wouldn't reach consumers for 10 years or more.
We need an energy policy that protects our wild places and invests
more in cleaner, safer, renewable sources of energy NOW.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an incomparable wilderness and
important wildlife habitat. It is simply too special to sacrifice
for short-term gain. The oil industry has tried to open the Arctic
to development for more than thirty years. Thankfully, over the
past three decades, Senators have refused to yield to the industry's
arguments, despite international wars, rising gas prices, and budget
I am depending upon you to exhibit that kind of intelligent
leadership. Please support the amendment to strike Arctic Refuge
oil drilling from the Energy Bill.
Remember the Animals: They Don't Vote, But People Who Love Them Do