ACTION ALERT: “No Drilling in ANWR

March 14th, 2005 - by admin

Sen. Barbara Boxer and Save Our Environment – 2005-03-14 23:15:24

Send a Message to the White House: “No Drilling in ANWR”
Hon. Barbara Boxer / US Senate

Every day on the Senate floor is more and more like “Barbara in Wonderland.” Sometimes the Senate seems so foreign to me, I wonder if I’m living in some kind of bad dream. And just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, it has.

Last week, the Senate debated and passed a horrible new bankruptcy bill — a sweetheart deal providing a huge financial windfall to big credit card companies while punishing the lower-income Americans these companies prey upon. I thought for sure when I offered a common-sense amendment that would place a modicum of responsibility on these credit card companies it would surely pass. Well… it didn’t. Imagine voting against this:

My amendment proposed that if a credit card company gives a seventh credit card to a person under age 21; a person with below poverty-level income; without the credit card company asking for a co-signer — then the bankrupcy judge should take into consideration the fact that the credit card company should have known better if that young person files for bankruptcy.

My amendment wouldn’t automatically exonerate that young person, mind you. It just said that the judge should be able to take these circumstances into account during the bankruptcy process. Seems to make sense, right?

Well we only got forty votes on my common-sense amendment. And unfortunately, this is the way it’s going. The American people and their interest come in FAR behind the powerful special interests.

Now we face the ultimate special interest issue: Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

For six months of oil, not to be realized for ten years.

My colleagues seem bent on handing over this most pristine land to the big oil companies. Never mind that we can save the equivalent of an infinite number of ANWR fields by simply raising fuel economy a modest amount — that doesn’t matter. The Republicans don’t care about the native peoples whose lives will be ruined; they don’t care that President Eisenhower set this land aside; they don’t care about the more than one hundred species of wildlife that depend on this refuge.

What they do care about is the precedent. If they open up ANWR, they’ll think they can do anything to the environment — anything at all. Drilling in Yosemite? In the Grand Canyon? What’s next?

I Urgently Need Your Help.
Last week, the Republican leadership snuck a provision into the Budget bill that moves us one step closer to opening ANWR to drilling. It’s a sneaky way of trying to get what they want without having to vote on it directly.

We can’t let that happen! I urge you to sign my new petition to Republican Leader Frist telling him that any Republicans who vote to open up the Alaska wilderness to oil drilling will pay a price in the next election. The Budget bill with this terrible ANWR provision will be up for a vote in the Senate by the end of the week. Let the Republican leadership know that we won’t forget the votes they cast.

Stand with me and reject any attempts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling — sign my petition today!

I need you now more than ever. Please stand with me on this critical issue.

In Friendship,
Barbara Boxer, US Senator

P.S. Thanks to the more than 14,000 of you who contacted your Members of Congress in support of the Count Every Vote Act last month! I’ll keep you posted on our progress with this important election reform legislation in the coming weeks.

Save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Save Our

The future of this pristine wild land may be decided as early as tomorrow March 15, 2005. Right now the Senate version of the federal budget includes a provision to start drilling in the Arctic Refuge. Today Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will introduce an amendment to strip the Arctic drilling provision out of the budget.

• Please contact your Senator today and urge them to support the Cantwell Amendment and save the Arctic Refuge. Click here to send a free fax to your Senators now! Or if you’re a registered user simply hit “reply” and then hit “send” and we’ll automatically send the message below on your behalf.

• Once you’ve sent your fax, please take a moment to call your Senators as well. Scroll down to the end of this message to find a list of phone numbers for US Senators and some brief talking points for your call.

Using the budget to open the Arctic Refuge is a sneaky backdoor trick to avoid democratic debate on this critical issue. Senator Cantwell’s amendment will prevent such budget trickery.

There Is No Time to Waste
A vote on the Senate floor will take place as early as tomorrow. It’s very important that your Senators hear from as many constituents as possible today. Scroll down to the end of this email to find your Senators’ phone numbers!

A lot is riding on this decision. This incomparable wilderness is home to more than 250 animal species, including wolves, grizzlies, caribou, and millions of migrating birds. Unless we act now, this world-class wilderness will become a vast oil development field.
Click here now to send a fax to your Senators urging them to support the Cantwell amendment.

Please don’t forget to call your Senators, as well! Scroll down to the end of this message to look up your Senators’ phone numbers. After you’ve made your call please send an email to to let us know how it went.

Once you’ve taken action, forward this email message to at least 10 friends urging them to contact their Senators too. It’s up to us to prevent drilling and save the Arctic Refuge!

Thank you again for your help,

Katelyn Sabochik
Online Campaign Manager

Sample Letter
Dear Senator

I strongly urge you to support the Cantwell amendment to strike language authorizing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the Senate budget bill. As your constituent, I urge you to vote against ANY budget measure that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The inclusion of any such measure in the budget is an unacceptable sneak attack on our precious wildlife and wild lands.

Drilling in the Arctic Refuge is not a path to energy independence or lower prices at the pump. The United States Geological Survey estimates that the Refuge has less than a single year’s supply of oil that would not reach the market for at least 10 years. Meanwhile, the harm to wildlife and to our greatest wildlife refuge would be irreparable. We need to save national treasures like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for future generations.


[your name and address]

Below is a list of US Senators by state and their phone numbers. Please look up the Senators from your state and call them today! When you call, be sure to state your name and address so the receptionist knows that you are a constituent.

Your message: Keep drilling in the Arctic Refuge out of the federal budget by supporting the Cantwell amendment.

SESSIONS, Jeff (R-AL) (202) 224-4124
SHELBY, Richard C. (R-AL) (202) 224-5744

MURKOWSKI, Lisa (R-AK) (202) 224-6665
STEVENS, Ted (R-AK) (202) 224-3004

McCAIN, John (R-AZ) (202) 224-2235
KYL, Jon (R-AZ) (202) 224-4521

LINCOLN, Blanche L. (D-AR) (202) 224-4843
PRYOR, Mark L. (D-AR) (202) 224-2353

BOXER, Barbara (D-CA) (202) 224-3553
FEINSTEIN, Dianne (D-CA) (202) 224-3841

ALLARD, Wayne (R-CO) (202) 224-5941
SALAZAR, Ken (D-CO) (202) 224-5852

DODD, Christopher J. (D-CT) (202) 224-2823
LIEBERMAN, Joseph I. (D-CT) (202) 224-4041

BIDEN, Jr., Joseph R. (D-DE) (202) 224-5042
CARPER, Thomas R. (D-DE) (202) 224-2441

NELSON, Bill (D-FL) (202) 224-5274
MARTINEZ, Mel (R-FL) (202) 224-3041

CHAMBLISS, Saxby (R-GA) (202) 224-3521
ISAKSON, Johnny (R-GA) (202) 224-3643

INOUYE, Daniel K. (D-HI) (202) 224-3934
AKAKA, Daniel K. (D-HI) (202) 224-6361

CRAIG, Larry E. (R-ID) (202) 224-2752
CRAPO, Mike (R-ID) (202) 224-6142

DURBIN, Richard (D-IL) (202) 224-2152
OBAMA, Barack (D-IL) (202) 224-2854

BAYH, Evan (D-IN) (202) 224-5623
LUGAR, Richard G. (R-IN) (202) 224-4814

GRASSLEY, Chuck (R-IA) (202) 224-3744
HARKIN, Tom (D-IA) (202) 224-3254

BROWNBACK, Sam (R-KS) (202) 224-6521
ROBERTS, Pat (R-KS) (202) 224-4774

BUNNING, Jim (R-KY) (202) 224-4343
McCONNELL, Mitch (R-KY) (202) 224-2541

LANDRIEU, Mary L. (D-LA) (202) 224-5824
VITTER, David (R-LA) (202) 224-4623

SNOWE, Olympia J. (R-ME) (202) 224-5344
COLLINS, Susan M. (R-ME) (202) 224-2523

SARBANES, Paul S. (D-MD) (202) 224-4524
MIKULSKI, Barbara A. (D-MD) (202) 224-4654

KENNEDY, Edward M. (D-MA) (202) 224-4543
KERRY, John F. (D-MA) (202) 224-2742

STABENOW, Debbie (D-MI) (202) 224-4822
LEVIN, Carl (D-MI) (202) 224-6221

DAYTON, Mark (D-MN) (202) 224-3244
COLEMAN, Norm (R-MN) (202) 224-5641

COCHRAN, Thad (R-MS) (202) 224-5054
LOTT, Trent (R-MS) (202) 224-6253

BOND, Christopher S. (R-MO) (202) 224-5721
TALENT, Jim (R-MO) (202) 224-6154

BAUCUS, Max (D-MT) (202) 224-2651
BURNS, Conrad R. (R-MT) (202) 224-2644

HAGEL, Chuck (R-NE) (202) 224-4224
NELSON, E. Benjamin (D-NE) (202) 224-6551

REID, Harry (D-NV) (202) 224-3542
ENSIGN, John (R-NV) (202) 224-6244

New Hampshire
GREGG, Judd (R-NH) (202) 224-3324
SUNUNU, John E. (R-NH) (202) 224-2841

New Jersey
LAUTENBERG, Frank R. (D-NJ) (202) 224-3224
CORZINE, Jon S. (D-NJ) (202) 224-4744

New Mexico
BINGAMAN, Jeff (D-NM) (202) 224-5521
DOMENICI, Pete V. (R-NM) (202) 224-6621

New York
CLINTON, Hillary Rodham (D-NY) (202) 224-4451
SCHUMER, Charles E. (D-NY) (202) 224-6542

North Carolina
BURR, Richard (R-NC) (202) 224-3154
DOLE, Elizabeth (R-NC) (202) 224-6342

North Dakota
CONRAD, Kent (D-ND) (202) 224-2043
DORGAN, Byron L. (D-ND)(202) 224-2551

DeWINE, Mike (R-OH) (202) 224-2315
VOINOVICH, George V. (R-OH) (202) 224-3353

COBURN, Tom (R-OK) (202) 224-5754
INHOFE, James M. (R-OK) (202) 224-4721

SMITH, Gordon H. (R-OR) (202) 224-3753
WYDEN, Ron (D-OR) (202) 224-5244

SANTORUM, Rick (R-PA) (202) 224-6324
SPECTER, Arlen (R-PA) (202) 224-4254

Rhode Island
CHAFEE, Lincoln (R-RI) (202) 224-2921
REED, Jack (D-RI) (202) 224-4642

South Carolina
DeMINT, Jim (R-SC) (202) 224-6121
GRAHAM, Lindsey (R-SC) (202) 224-5972

South Dakota
JOHNSON, Tim (D-SD) (202) 224-5842
THUNE, John (R-SD) (202) 224-2321

ALEXANDER, Lamar (R-TN) (202) 224-4944
FRIST, William H. (R-TN) (202) 224-3344

CORNYN, John (R-TX) (202) 224-2934
HUTCHISON, Kay Bailey (R-TX) (202) 224-5922

BENNETT, Robert F. (R-UT) (202) 224-5444
HATCH, Orrin G. (R-UT) (202) 224-5251

JEFFORDS, James M. (I-VT) (202) 224-5141
LEAHY, Patrick J. (D-VT) (202) 224-4242

ALLEN, George (R-VA) (202) 224-4024
WARNER, John (R-VA) (202) 224-2023

CANTWELL, Maria (D-WA) (202) 224-3441
MURRAY, Patty (D-WA) (202) 224-2621

West Virginia
BYRD, Robert C. (D-WV) (202) 224-3954
ROCKEFELLER IV, John D. (D-WV) (202) 224-6472

FEINGOLD, Russell D. (D-WI) (202) 224-5323
KOHL, Herb (D-WI) (202) 224-5653

ENZI, Michael B. (R-WY) (202) 224-3424
THOMAS, Craig (R-WY) (202) 224-6441