Monday, March 14, 2005
Senator Boxer Says ANWR Must Remain A Priority
Here's Senator Boxer's latest email on ANWR:
Subj: Senator Boxer: ANWR Must Remain A PriorityAnd while we're talking about Arctic drilling, Sen. Boxer "joined Oil on Ice filmmaker Dale Djerassi, Alaska natives, and experts on the Arctic Refuge to field questions about the film and the battle over the fate of America’s natural treasure" in Washington, DC. last week. Sen. Boxer said:
Date: 3/12/2005 4:06:51 AM Eastern Standard Time
I thought you would be interested in the following message.
I would like to believe that, once you have won a fight, you
would not have to fight it again -- and again. Clearly, that
is not the case with the fight over drilling in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). We will again have to fight
the battle to save this wonderful, pristine place again this
I have joined Senator Joe Lieberman and almost two dozen of our
Senate colleagues in introducing a bill to amend the National
Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to designate
more than 1.5 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation
System under the Wilderness Act. This legislation could end
the fight about drilling by giving ANWR the level of protection
Those of us who have fought this battle before know that ANWR
does not offer a solution to our energy shortage. It would
produce only enough energy for six months of domestic use. The
answer to our problems is increasing energy efficiency. If we
instituted the same efficiency standards for light trucks and
SUVs as regular cars, in seven years we could save the same
amount of oil that is available in ANWR. Think of the savings
if we also raised the efficiency standards for cars with the
technology that is available today.
ANWR is unique. Its beauty and its wildlife should not be
risked for a small amount of oil. You can count on me to
continue to work for its protection.
United States Senator
Oil on Ice brings to life the beauty of this god-given environment and gives voice to the native Alaskans who know the impact of drilling in a wildlife refuge better than anyone in Washington. The majority of Americans support preserving the Arctic Refuge and the surge in grassroots support of protecting this precious area has been truly impressive.Unfortunately, "Democrats are not sure they can muster enough votes to kill" the Republican plan "to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling." The full Senate will be debating the issue this week, and according to Sen. Boxer:
We're a few votes short of what we need. We're hanging by a thread here.