Action: Contact Congress in your state to show your opposition to Arctic Drilling and urge them to support the Cantwell-Kerry Amendment.
- The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 19 million acres comprise one of the last places on earth where an intact expanse of arctic and sub arctic lands remains protected.
- Drilling in the Arctic Refuge can’t make even a small dent in meeting America’s energy needs. U.S. Geological Survey scientists estimate that there is very likely only enough oil to supply America’s needs for six months. And oil companies admit that, even that, won’t be available for at least 10 years.
- An irreplaceable natural treasure, the Arctic Refuge is home to caribou, polar bears, grizzly bears, wolves, golden eagles, snow geese and more. Millions of other birds use the Arctic Refuge to nest and as a critical staging area on their migratory journeys.
- For a thousand generations, the Gwich’in people of Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada have depended on it and lived in harmony with it. To them, the Arctic Coastal Plain is sacred ground.
- If they really cared about energy independence they’d support efforts to increase energy conservation and to create clean, renewable sources of energy that no terrorist can sabotage and no foreign government can seize.
Note added March 16: The effort to remove the Arctic drilling provision failed by a vote of 49-51. This was a vote for Big Oil.
Note added July 27: And now the Energy Bill is up for them to give it funding – and if you don’t believe in “big oil” just take a look at that bill and think about who it really benefits. Read it, and remember who the players were to design it. Then read up on the Apollo Project for an alternative.