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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Vote Expected Soon
Proponents of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will try once again to force legislation in the House of Representatives to authorize drilling and gas exploration on the coastal plain of Alaska—land sacred to the Gwich’in Nation, nearly 90 percent of whom are Episcopalian. Congress will consider a number of damaging energy-related bills including H.R. 4529, the Arctic Coastal Plain Domestic Energy Security and Abandoned Mind Lands Reclamation Reform Act on Tuesday June 15, 2004.

Proponents of drilling are offering this legislation now with other energy legislation in an attempt to capitalize on high gas prices in a highly polarized political year. The U.S. Senate has defeated similar legislation twice in the past two years.

Drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge threatens the Porcupine Caribou that the Gwich’in have depended on for survival and culture for 10,000 years, and it would ruin a pristine wildlife sanctuary for less oil than the U.S. uses in six months.

The Department of Energy says drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will do nothing to lower gas prices. Potential oil from the Arctic would take an estimated 10 years to reach markets and have no impact on the price of oil or gas. The United States consumes 25 percent of the world’s available oil, but has only 3 percent of all the world’s oil reserves. The U.S. can not drill its way to energy independence.

Reducing U.S. dependence on fossil fuels through investment in renewable energies and more efficient automobiles would have significantly more impact in achieving national energy security and independence than drilling in the sacred space of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Please contact your Representative at today, by email or at 1-800-270-0309, and urge them to vote NO on H.R. 4529 to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife on Tuesday June 15, 2004.

Click here to send a letter to your member of Congress

Click here for frequently ask questions abou the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Click here to view General Convention and Executive Council resolutions on the Arctic.

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