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Re: E-M:/ ANWR presentation at Michigan Wildlife Conservancy

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from Kirk Riley ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pat and others,

Nicholas Kristof, an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, spent two weeks traversing ANWR last summer and wrote a fascinating series of articles about what he saw.  He provided his own conclusions on drilling in the refuge (and on President Bush's energy policy). Unfortunately, you have to pay to read them at the paper's website, but Kristof also did a narrated audio-visual tour of the refuge, complete with his conclusions, that's free of charge.  It's well worth the listen at http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/opinion/20030910_ANWR/anwr1.html (you may have to turn off pop-up blocker)

Here's a bit of what Kristof wrote:
I would endorse drilling in the Arctic refuge if it were part of a mega-environmental package that also addressed global warming, an environmental challenge where we have even more at stake than in the Arctic.

Daniel Esty, a Yale scholar of the environment, proposes such a deal -- with trepidation -- in the interest of breaking the national deadlock on environmental policy.

The package could include careful oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (exploratory drilling could be done in winter without permanent damage) and, if it turned out to be the oil lake that proponents claim, commercial drilling as well.

In exchange, the right would accept a beyond-Kyoto framework to control carbon emissions, with tighter standards but a longer time frame. The deal would include $1 billion in additional financing for solar, wind and hydrogen energy, and significant increases in vehicle mileage standards to promote conservation

Yet President Bush's push to open the Arctic refuge is not part of such a bold and thoughtful package to break the stalemate on the environment. Rather it is simply a lunge for oil.

Without trying to conserve oil, Mr. Bush would gobble up a national treasure, the birthright of our descendants, as a first resort.

The argument that I find most compelling is that this primordial wilderness, a part of our national inheritance that is roughly the same as it was a thousand years ago, would be irretrievably lost if we drilled. The Bush administration's proposal to drill is therefore not just bad policy but also shameful, for it would casually rob our descendants forever of the chance to savor this magical coastal plain...

At 02:29 PM 12/1/2003 -0500, Patrick Diehl wrote:

On Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m., the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy -
formerly the Michigan Wildlife Habitat Foundation - will host a presentation
on Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by ANWR expert and activist Chad
Kister.  Kister, who's traveling the country with an inspiring 1+ hour slide
presentation that shows the imminent need to save ANWR from proposed oil
development, has backpacked and rafted through much of the refuge, actually
living off the land.  (He's also authored a 340-page book focusing on the
awesome beauty of ANWR and development threatening the refuge.)

This event - which will take place at MWC's headquarters off Drumheller
Road, south of Bath - gives Lansing-area residents a rare opportunity to
view one of the most majestic places on Earth and to network with an expert.
There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided.  For
directions or more information, please call Ray Ziarno at 517-482-5222.

Patrick Diehl
Associate Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Drive, Ste. 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

Kirk Riley
Outreach Specialist
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
(517) 355-7493
(517) 432-1550 fax
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