Urgent! House once again to vote on opening the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling. Vote will occur the evening of Thursday, April 10th.
Please call or write your Representative NOW! Ask him/her to support an amendment to prevent drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A phone call is most effective. Look up your Representative in the list below. If you do not know your who is your Representative, use your ZIP code to find out here. It is better to call during working hours, 9 am to 6 pm EST, when you can talk to a live person. If this is not practical call anytime and leave a message. If you can't call please send an email by clicking here.
Despite the Senate's bipartisan 52-48 vote to strip Arctic drilling out of the federal budget for 2004, drilling proponents continue to press to open the Arctic Refuge through other bills. After our Senate victory, the leader of the effort to allow drilling, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, vowed to fight on saying "It's not over until we win."
The latest attack against the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge comes in the House energy bill. The House Resources Committee voted on April 2nd to open the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA), Nancy Johnson (R-CT), and others will offer an amendment on the floor next week to strike the Arctic Refuge provision. The vote will occur Thursday evening, April 10.
Two years ago, the House narrowly approved an energy bill that would have opened the refuge to drilling. We expect the vote to be very close this time as well, and we can't afford to take even a single vote for granted. Drilling proponents are applying heavy pressure on swing members. Conservationists are pushing back just as hard.
For more detailed information protecting the Arctic including the current status of the energy bill go to www.americanwilderness.org or www.alaskawild.org. If you do talk with someone in your Representative's office, we would appreciate your feedback. You can use the form below. Please enter your name and email and submit the form so that we can gauge how may calls your Representative has received, and are able to let you know what happened.