US Senator Barbara Boxer – 2005-03-17 23:38:56
Today, my heart is heavy. By just two votes, we came up short in our effort to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to over 150 wildlife species. I offer my heartfelt thanks to the over 29,000 of you who joined with me and signed my petition to Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist, demonstrating our strong opposition to this disastrous policy.
In the end, over 90% of Senate Democrats voted to stop this madness — we just didn’t have the votes to overcome the Republican majority in the Senate.
But I want you to know that I won’t give up in our fight to stop the drilling. And neither should you. I’m going to use every legislative tool at my disposal to reverse this vote and prevent this terrible policy from going into effect. But we can do more — today.
I’m planning to organize a consumer boycott of any oil company that decides to drill in this pristine Alaskan wilderness area. If, through our pocketbooks, we can convince these companies to do the right thing, we can still save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the destruction that would be wrought by the oil drilling rigs.
And then invite everyone you know to join us.
This battle is not over — not by a long shot.
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• Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Mr. David O’Reilly, ChevronTexaco CEO
Mr. James Mulva, ConocoPhillips CEO
Mr. Jeroen van der Veer, Shell CEO
Mr. John Browne, BP CEO
Mr. Lee Raymond, ExxonMobil CEO
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Stay Out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
As you know, current legislation making its way through Congress would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
I am writing to urge your company to publicly pledge that you will not drill in ANWR.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a God-given gift of pristine wilderness, first set aside by President Dwight Eisenhower more than 40 years ago, and we have a responsibility to preserve it. ANWR is home to more than 150 wildlife species, including caribou, polar bears, musk oxen, and millions of migratory birds.
The American people will not stand idly by and allow this wilderness area to be defiled.
If your company decides to drill in ANWR, we will launch a boycott of your products, and the products of your subsidiaries. And I know that millions of Americans will join us.
I urge you make a public pledge that you will not drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — or face a boycott of your products.
Thank you for your consideration of this critically important matter.
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