The Arctic Refuge is America's last great wilderness, supporting wildlife so prolific that it is called "America's Serengeti." On Tuesday, April 16, Alaska Senators Murkowski and Stevens introduced an amendment to the energy bill to allow drilling for oil on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The critical vote on these amendments will occur Thurday morning, April 18. The House of Representatives has already voted to allow drilling in the Refuge so Senate opposition is key to protecting this national treasure.
The Arctic Refuge is one of America's last great wilderness areas. It is home to polar bears, wolves, and grizzly bears that roam freely across the vast plains. A 129,000-member Porcupine caribou herd migrates annually across the refuge from its wintering grounds in Canada to its birthing grounds on the coastal plain. The native Gwich'in people rely on this Porcupine caribou herd as key part of their culture and for sustenance. In addition, the refuge is a stop over point for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. Finally, great relics from the ice age, musk oxen, still grace this place that U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientists call a complete spectrum of arctic and subarctic ecoystems in our nation, and the only one protected for future generations.
THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE SIGNED! WE WON THE SENATE VOTE APRIL 18TH! WE ARE WELL ON OUR WAY TO SAVING THE ARTIC.
- Refuge oil is scattered in many separate pools--oil
companies will need to create miles of pipelines and roads to connect drilling equipment. The government is not including in the roads and all of the pipeline within the estimates of effected areas!
- Drilling in the Refuge won't cut prices at the pump! This oil is
a drop of oil in the global bucket.
- Even if Arctic drilling occurs, Americans won't see a drop of Arctic oil for 10 years and then it will only last 6 months.
- A mere two-mile-per-gallon improvement in auto efficiency would
save that same amount of oil in under 3 years, and keep on saving.
- Even the most generous estimate of Refuge
oil would increase U.S. reserves to only 3.8% percent -- not even
close to meeting U.S. demand. WE WILL STILL HAVE TO USE FOREIGN OIL!
DON'T FORGET TO SEND A LETTER TO YOUR SENATORS THANKING THEM FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING!