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Take Action TODAY to Save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
9/22/2005
Knowing it is their best chance of gaining approval to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, proponents of drilling are using the budget reconciliation process to bypass normal consideration of legislation to authorize drilling in the Arctic Refuge. The "budget reconciliation process" must be stopped.

The U.S. cannot drill its way to energy independence. The U.S. Department of Energy says drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will do nothing to lower gas prices as potential oil from the Arctic would take an estimated 10 years to reach markets. While the United States consumes 25% of the world's available oil, it has only 3% of all the world's oil reserves. To achieve national energy security and independence, the U.S. needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels through investment in renewable energies and more fuel efficient automobiles - not drilling in the sacred space of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Congress has delayed consideration of the FY '06 Budget Reconciliation package - legislation that if passed will authorize drilling in the Arctic Refuge but is expected to return to it soon. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is land sacred to the Gwich'in Nation, nearly 90 percent of whom are Episcopalians. Drilling threatens the Porcupine Caribou that the Gwich'in have depended on for survival and culture for 10,000 years. It would ruin a pristine wildlife sanctuary for less oil than the U.S. uses in a year.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to oppose "the budget reconciliation process". CLICK HERE to send a message to your Senators and Representative.



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