Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Oil Drilling in Alaska
Sen. John Kerry has sent out an e-mail to his online community about the goings-on in Congress related to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge up in Alaska.
(r)epublicans are obsessed with tapping the two or three years worth of oil up there and they don’t care what havoc they must visit upon a piece of pristine nature to do it.
Kerry says things are getting urgent:
“It’s now or never if we want to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the White House and [r]epublican leaders in Congress are stacking the odds against us. They’re using underhanded procedural tactics to sneak through legislation to destroy the Arctic Refuge. The vote will occur this week in the Senate and next week in the House of Representatives.”
Kerry would like you all to write or call your representatives and tell them what’s up with the “refuge” part of the Arctic National Wildlife...Refuge.
“Refuge” according to Webster’s Dictionary is defined as, “shelter of protection from danger, trouble, etc.”
So in this case, we’re talking about wildlife and fauna mostly untouched by the poison of our civilization. Something that’s, lamentably, a museum piece for its rarity despite the planet’s size. There are few such places left and this one is worth preserving.
Kerry said he is working on this measure with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass) on stopping the latest effort.
Having been stymied the past few years by California’s Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) and her filibustering of the issue, now the (r)epublicans have shoe-horned their idea into a budget resolution, which cannot be filibustered.
Kerry added that the efforts of his online community (his e-mail list) were so effective last go-round that proponents of drilling complained about it on the Senate floor.
highwayscribery urges you to make it happen again.
Here’s a few more things the senator had to say about the refuge:
“The [reserve’s] 19 million acres comprise one of the last places on earth where an intact expanse of arctic and subarctic land remains protected.
“An irreplaceable 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 stage area on their migratory journeys.
“The Arctic Refuge supports more than wildlife. 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.”
There’s plenty of oil money being made right now with gas hovering at the $3-per-gallon mark, and too few solutions for a future without fossil fuels.
Let’s make sure our energy policy and plans take us down a path to sustainability instead of destruction.