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E-M:/ Harriet Miers

Enviro-Mich message from "Kathryn Loomis" <kathrynloomis@hotmail.com>

Because of her lack of judicial experience, accurately determining how Harriet Miers is likely to rule in cases involving the environment may be difficult. Nevertheless, the following excerpt from an "Ask the White House" forum conducted October 29, 2004 indicates that she supports the Republican party line that drilling in ANWR, "clean coal," and ethanol are solutions to our nation's energy problems. See <http://www.whitehouse.gov/ask/20041029.html> (accessed 10/03/05).


Julie, from New Hampshire writes:
Hi, I know that you are probably going to be bombarded with questions, so I will try to keep it short...Do you think that it would be possible to cut off oil imports from the Middle East and replace it with ANWR? Also, do you think that it would be a good idea to use ethanol as an additive? Thank you for your time.

Harriet Miers
Julie, that's a great question. As you probably know, the US Geological Survey estimated that there is between 5.7 million and 16 billion barrels of oil available in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which could be accessed from about 2,000 acres of the 19,000,000 acre refuge. At its peak, production from ANWR would account for more than 20% of total U.S. oil production.

Environmentally responsible development of the resources in ANWR is one part of the President's comprehensive energy plan, which calls for a responsible mix of increased domestic energy production (like ANWR and clean coal), alternative and renewable fuels (like ethanol and biodiesel), and conservation and efficiency to reduce the growth of American energy consumption. The President's plan is essential to increasing America's energy security.


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