From: alra@governance.net
Subject: Rep. Reichert Voting Against Energy Independence – Call Him Today!

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Rep. Reichert Voting Against Energy Independence – Call Him Today!

Do you want lower gas prices?

Do you want lower heating bills?

Do you want energy independence?

Call your Congressman Dave Reichert NOW! 

Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) appears to be planning to vote no on supporting the Budget Reconciliation bill version that will dramatically help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.  It will lead to lower gas, heating and energy prices over time. 

The Senate has already added ANWR to its version of the Budget Reconciliation bill.  The ANWR drilling area is a tiny 2,000 acre section of the 19,000,000 acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the North Slope of Alaska.  

That little piece of ANWAR could produce more than the Prudhoe Bay discovery right next to ANWR on Alaska’s North Slope.   Prudhoe Bay has supplied a tremendous percentage of America’s oil since the 70’s.  But it is running out.  

ANWR can be added to the House Version of the Budget Reconciliation Bill if only Congressman Reichert and his friends support it.

ANWR has been approved by the Senate.  The House simply has to go along.  

Now is your chance to strike a blow for lower gas prices, heating bills and for energy independence.

Your phone call NOW could decide the future of gas prices and energy independence in this country for many years.  

If ANWR loses, it will likely be because Representative Reighert and some of his friends in Congress did not step up to the plate at their moment in history.  If they vote no, they let America down. 

 Action Items:

-----1.  Call Representative Dave Reichert and his staff in Washington, DC. at (202) 225-5441 --  Ask them to support adding ANWR into the Budget
Reconciliation Bill.  

-----2.  Send Rep. Reichert a fax at (202) 225-3289.

-----3.  He does not list his personal e-mail.  Send him an e-mail care of these two staff members:  Chief of Staff Michael Shields – michael.schields@mail.house.gov  or Legislative Director Chris Miller at chris.miller@mail.house.gov.  Just address your message to Congressman Reichert and ask Mr. Shields and Mr. Miller to hand deliver them to the Congressman.

-----4.  Call his local office at (206) 275-3438.  Or go by for a visit.  The address is 2737 78th Ave, SE., Suite 202, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

-----5.  Call at least three friends and urge them to call also.

-----6.  Please forward this message as widely as you can in Congressman Reichert’s District.  

ANWR - America's Largest Untapped Oil Field

Critics say oil and gas exploration in ANWR would harm wildlife and wouldn't help our current crisis because the oil won't be available for a decade.

Here's why they're wrong.

-----We need to increase our domestic production and lessen our reliance on foreign oil.  America's dependence on foreign oil has risen sharply in recent years, going from 35% during the 1973 Arab oil embargo, to over 50% today.

-----At current trends, we will import 2 of every 3 barrels of oil by 2020.
-----We are proposing to open only a small fraction - 8 percent - of ANWR for oil and exploration.  This region is a treeless arctic desert with almost no wildlife during its 9-month winters.

-----Up to 16 billion barrels of oil exist in ANWR.  The mean estimate (10.4 billion barrels) would make it the largest oil field discovered in the world in the last 40 years.
-----16 billion barrels of oil would equal 30 years of Saudi imports, and almost 60 years of Iraqi imports.
-----21st century technologies like horizontal drilling, 3-D seismic mapping and ice roads can help us minimize the production footprint to only 2,000 acres out of the 19 million acres of ANWR.  That is equivalent to four average American family farms in a place the size of South Carolina.
-----The Clinton Administration opened up more than twice as much acreage in Alaska's coastal plain for supplies estimated to be only one-fifth as large.  It took only three years after opening this area before commercial quantities of oil were discovered.

Oil and gas development has successfully coexisted with wildlife in Alaska's arctic for over 30 years.  The Central Arctic Caribou Herd at Prudhoe Bay has grown from 3,000 in 1970 to 27,000 today - a nine-fold increase.  The population of Grizzly bears and Polar bears has increased.  Oil development has endangered no species.

Now is your chance to do something positive to bring down gas prices.

You can personally change your heating bill for the better by making your call today.

Congressman Reichert needs to hear from you and your friends. 

Forward this message to your friends in Reichert’s District. 

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