Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Once more with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.
- Alice Walker

Background: The Senate rejected an amendment that would have prohibited drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (I hate double negatives; the Senate allowed drilling.) However, moderate Republicans in the House were able to convince the leadership to remove Arctic drilling from the House version of the budget.

Now for a Schoolhouse Rock moment: Next, the budget has to go to a Conference Committee, where committee members work out identical language to be sent on to the President for his signature or veto.

So now it becomes important that the language out of Committee prohibits Arctic drilling. Once more, please write to your Senators and Representatives about this issue. Some salient points include the facts that we could save more oil by raising fuel efficiency standards and that the livlihood of the Gwich'in people would be destroyed by the drilling.

On a completely unrelated, but fun, note, you can see the lyrics to "I'm Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock here: America Rock lyrics. Scroll down the page a bit. And phooey to those of you who are too young to even know what I'm talking about ;)

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