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E-M:/ Michigan Reps vote on Bush energy plan



For Immediate Release                                Contact: Vicki Levengood, National Environmental Trust / MI
Thursday, August 2, 2001                                             517-333-5786
 

Nine Michigan Members of Congress Help Pass Bush Energy Plan
 
Drilling Allowed in Arctic Refuge, Fuel Efficiency Standards Rejected
 
Lansing, MI--Michigan's members of Congress cast crucial votes on President Bush's controversial energy plan last night. H.R. 4, the "Securing America's Future Energy Act," included a provision for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), President Bush's signature issue on energy. The House also rejected a proposal to strengthen fuel efficiency standards for cars and sport utility vehicles -- the only significant conservation measure proposed for the bill.
 
"The House has passed the Bush energy plan, aided and abetted by nine Michigan representatives who voted for it,"said Vicki Levengood, Michigan representative of the National Environmental Trust.  It's now up to Michigan's Senators Levin and Stabenow to demonstrate that control of the Senate will really mean something when it comes to energy and the environment."
 
Poll after poll has demonstrated that there is no public support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and strong support for conservation and efficiency measures.
 
The legislation also included more than $33 billion in tax breaks and subsidies for the oil, coal, and nuclear industries, without corresponding reductions elsewhere in the federal budget.
 
Michigan Representatives Barcia, Camp, Dingell, Ehlers, Hoekstra, Knollenberg, Rogers, Smith, and Upton supported the Bush energy plan, and Representatives Bonior, Conyers, Kildee, Kilpatrick, Levin, Rivers, and Stupak opposed the Bush energy plan.
 
Representatives Camp, Hoekstra, Knollenberg, Rogers, Smith, and Upton supported drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and Representatives Barcia, Bonior, Conyers, Dingell, Ehlers, Kildee, Kilpatrick, Levin, Rivers, and Stupak opposed drilling in ANWR.
 
Representatives Barcia, Bonior, Camp, Conyers, Dingell, Hoekstra, Kildee, Kilpatrick, Knollenberg, Levin, Rivers, Rogers, Smith, Stupak, and Upton opposed increasing fuel efficiency standards for cars and sport utility vehicles, while Representative Ehlers supported stronger fuel efficiency standards -- the only significant conservation measure proposed for the bill.
 
"We appreciate the efforts of Representatives Bonior, Conyers, Kildee, Kilpatrick, Levin, Rivers, and Stupak, all of whom stood against the Bush administration's pro-oil, pro-industry, and anti-environmental energy plan," said Levengood. "This bill does little for consumers or conservation, and the White House has handed the keys to our public lands over to special interests."
 
"While we are disappointed that Representative Ehlers voted for final passage of the bill," said Levengood, "we are encouraged that he voted to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and cast the lone Michigan vote in favor of increased fuel efficiency standards for automobiles."
 
For more information on H.R. 4, go to www.house.gov.
 

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