Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In March, 33,699 Americans emailed Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist, telling him that any Republicans who vote to open up the Alaska wilderness to oil drilling will pay a price in the next election.
Following is the text from that online advocacy campaign:
The ultimate special interest issue is back: Drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. For six months of oil, not to be realized for ten years, my Senate colleagues seem bent on handing over this most pristine land to the big oil companies.
Never mind that we can save the equivalent of an infinite number of ANWR fields by simply raising fuel economy a modest amount -- that doesn't matter. The Republicans don't care about the native peoples whose lives will be ruined; they don't care that President Eisenhower set this land aside; they don't care about the more than one hundred species of wildlife that depend on this refuge.
What they do care about is the precedent. If they open up ANWR, they'll think they can do anything to the environment -- anything at all. Drilling in Yosemite? In the Grand Canyon? What's next?
I urgently need your help. Last week, the Republican leadership snuck a provision into the Budget bill that moves us one step closer to opening ANWR to drilling. It's a sneaky way of trying to get what they want without having to vote on it directly.
We can't let that happen! I urge you to sign my new petition to Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist -- tell him that any Republicans who vote to open up the Alaska wilderness to oil drilling will pay a price in the next election. The Budget bill with this terrible ANWR provision will be up for a vote in the Senate by the end of the week. Let the Republican leadership know that we won't forget the votes they cast.
Sign my petition to Senator Bill Frist today -- stand firm against Republican efforts to open up ANWR!
Dear Senator Frist,
I strongly urge you to reject efforts to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling.
When there are better options available -- including raising fuel economy standards a modest amount and developing alternative energy sources -- there is no reason to spoil Alaskan wilderness to gain 6 months of oil that won't be realized for 10 years.
Millions of Americans are watching this week's vote on the Budget bill closely -- and we won't forget the vote you and other Republican Senators cast on this critical issue.
Republicans who vote to open up the Alaska wilderness to oil drilling will pay a price in the next election.
I urge to you protect ANWR!