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- Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 18:53:21 -0500
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Sierra Club Currents ? Urgent Arctic Refuge Edition
Volume V, #44
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Quote of Note:
"Since Hurricane Katrina, Pombo has been a one-man Category 5
environmental disaster zone."
-- Sacramento Bee editorial
"The Pombo mambo: He's dancing to the tune of the drillers and the
diggers," referring to House Resources Chairman Richard Pombo's
efforts to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America's
coasts to drilling as part of the budget reconciliation bill.
(1) Arctic: Making Airwaves
(2) Oil Profits: Embarrassment of Riches
(3) Human Rights: Tuning in to the Gwich'in
(4) Action: Oppose Arctic Refuge Drilling
1. Arctic: Making Airwaves
With the Senate poised to vote on drilling in the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge as part of the budget reconciliation package this week
and the House set to do the same next week, Sierra Club is joining other
conservation groups for the "homestretch" of an intense
campaign to save the Arctic. A key part of this effort is a slate of
print, television, and radio ads running across the country this week and
next from Maine to Oregon.
See the Sierra Club ads.
See the coalition ads.
2. Oil Profits: Embarrassment of Riches
While Americans have been emptying their wallets to keep up with
record high gas prices, giant oil companies have been filling up their
coffers with record high profits. According to last week's quarterly
reports, Big Oil just got a whole lot bigger. ExxonMobil took the top
prize, raking in $9.9 billion (up 75 %). BP and ConocoPhillips also
enjoyed excessive profits -- $6.5 billion and $3.8 billion respectively.
Now Congress is considering making these rich a whole lot richer, by
giving them the keys to the Arctic for a pittance.
"Exxon Mobil Profit Soars 75%" in the Washington
3. Human Rights: Tuning in to the Gwich'in
When Secretary of Interior Gale Norton went to the Arctic Refuge a
few years ago, she described the landscape as "flat, white
nothingness." Tell that to the Alaska natives who make their homes
and carry out their subsistence way of life in the Refuge. The human
rights implications of this destructive drilling are often overshadowed
by debates about wildlife and gas prices. But a recent report by the
Gwich'in Steering Committee outlines the drilling proposal threatens to
violate internationally recognized human rights to culture, subsistence,
health and religion of their people.
Learn more about the native cultures of the Arctic Refuge or download the
4. Action: Oppose Arctic Refuge Drilling
Oil companies and their friends in Congress continue to try to use
the Budget Process to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to
drilling. They have attached a damaging drilling provision to the massive
2006 Budget Reconciliation package in an effort to limit public debate
and circumvent normal congressional procedure. Drilling in the Arctic
Refuge would spoil this last great wilderness for a speculative amount of
oil. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy recently estimated that if we
drilled for oil in the Refuge tomorrow, it would lower gas prices by
roughly a penny per gallon...in 20 years.
The Senate began debate on Budget Reconciliation this afternoon and a
final vote is expected by Thursday, November 3. PLEASE CALL YOUR
SENATORS TODAY at the Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121. Urge them
to vote against any budget reconciliation bill that allows oil drilling
in the Arctic Refuge!
This could be our last chance to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
and our coasts from offshore oil drilling - the final vote is
taking place as early as next week.
need your support to ensure our beautiful coasts, the Arctic Refuge
and other threatened wildlands exist for generations to come.
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