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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

ALERT--Arctic National Wildlife Area-again!

I found out tonight that the House of Representatives is once again pushing to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. Besides the reality that it will be another 10 years before any oil would come from drilling in ANWR, much of the "potential" oil quoted by anti-conservationists is inaccessible with current technology. Though being touted as an effort to reduce the cost of gasoline by politicians, it would only result in a decrease of 1 cent/gallon and then only at the peak of production in 2025.

Many species of birds that we see in southeast Colorado use this vital nesting grounds currently protected by the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

More effective alternatives that would actually reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, and would do so well before oil from ANWR drilling would be available, include the renewable energy sources (such as biotechnology) and increasing the miles/gallon of new cars that can be done with today's technology.

The House is likely to vote on this tomorrow so please send your emails tonight if you are still up or first thing in the morning. The bill this is in is H.R. 5429, the misnamed "American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act".

Here are two quick ways to send an email message to your Representative are:
via the National Audubon Society action site at>

or at the League of Conservation Voters alert website at>

Please consider giving your representative a call (early in am). You can get their phone numbers thru here>

We have been effective before, we just need to keep up our opposition to these efforts to approve drilling in ANWR. Thanks.

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