From: alra@governance.net
Subject: ANWR - The Congressmen Listed Are Voting No On Lower Gas Prices

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ANWR - The Congressmen Listed Are Voting No On Lower Gas Prices

The Congressmen listed below are likely to vote no on ANWR.  That is,  drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on the North Slope of Alaska.

ANWR is part of the Budget Reconciliation Bill that will be up for a vote in the House anytime.  It could be voted on within hours.   Certainly within the next day or two.

ANWR already passed the Senate as part of the Budget Bill.

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

Those House Members listed below are at the moment a “no vote” on ANWR and threatening "no" on the Budget Reconciliation bill.   All are Republicans.  We expect all Democrats to vote no. 

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 these Congressmen did not step up to the place at their moment in history.  If they vote no, they let America down. 

Dave Reichert (WA)  (202) 225-5441 --  FAX:  (202) 225-3289.

Mike Fitzpatrick (PA)  (202) 225-4276 – FAX:  (202) 225-9511

Mark Green (WI) - He's running for Governor so everyone is Wisconsin should call him.  (202) 225-5665 – FAX:  (202) 225-5729

Sue Kelly (NY)  (202) 225-5441 – FAX:  (202) 225-3289

Tom Petri (WI)  (202) 225-2476 – FAX:  (202) 225-2356

Joe Schwartz (MI)  (202) 225-6276 – FAX: (202) 225-6281

Robert Simmons (CT)  (202) 225-2076 – FAX:  (202) 225-4977

Roscoe Bartlett (MD)  (202) 225-2721 – FAX:  (202) 225-2193

Jim Gerlach (PA)  (202) 225-4315 – FAX:  (202) 225-8440

Action Items:

-----1.  Call your Congressman listed above at (202) 225-3121.  That is the Capitol Switchboard.  Ask for your Congressman by name.  When his office answers, ask for the person who handles ANWR, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Be nice and respectful, but insist that he vote for America’s energy independence.
Let him know you are watching and so are your friends.  See additional messages below.

-----2.  Send a fax to the Congressmen listed below.

-----3.  Call at least three friends or business associates and urge them to call.

-----4.  Forward this message as widely as possible quickly.

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.

Here is another background release:

U.S. House facing crucial vote on opening ANWR

From: Gretchen Randall [grandall@winningreen.com]

Subject: U.S. House facing crucial vote on opening ANWR

Issue Alert from Winningreen                 

By Gretchen Randall
Date: November 9, 2005
Issue:  The U.S. House is preparing to vote on a budget reconciliation bill which contains provisions for opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration.  However, twenty-five liberal Republican have written a letter to House leaders asking that the ANWR provision be removed.  

Likewise, forty-one pro-ANWR Republicans also wrote a letter urging leaders to keep the provision in the bill. This budget bill would also reduce government spending on Medicaid, food stamps, and student loans in order to pay for rebuilding Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and other states after the hurricanes.
It is ironic that the U.S. Senate, long thought to be the stumbling block in opening ANWR, has included the ANWR provision in its budget bill.  Opening just 2000 acres of ANWR to exploration is estimated to yield enough oil to replace 30 years of Saudi imports.  However, environmentalists have fought it for years claiming that exploration would harm caribou and polar bears. 
Since exploration began on the neighboring North Slope and the Alaska pipeline was built in the 1970s, the porcupine caribou herd has increased from 3000 to 30,000.  Polar bears like to walk on the pipeline to keep their feet warm. 

-----Comment 1: It's time for Republicans to show their constituents that they are the party in favor of reducing our dependence on foreign oil. 

-----Comment 2: True energy independence is possible but it will take bold initiatives to achieve it.  Now is not the time to be timid in the pursuit of the energy needed to fuel America's future.
-----Comment 3: The EIA estimates it would take nine years before oil could begin flowing from ANWR.  In 1995 President Clinton vetoed legislation opening ANWR. If he had not stopped the opening of ANWR to exploration, oil would now be flowing to the lower 48 states today, helping to moderate gasoline prices.

Background and links: To see pictures of the thriving caribou and polar bears, go to www.anwr.org  

You can read the Clinton administration study, "Environmental Benefits of Advanced Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Technologies" at: http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/issues/emr/anwr/perspectives.htm

ANWR totals 19.6 million acres, of which eight million are already designated as wilderness. Only 2000 acres of the coastal plain would be opened for oil exploration. 

A study by the Energy Information Agency (EIA) found that:
-----Domestic oil production in ANWR could begin in 2013.

-----Expenditures on foreign oil would decline by an average of $8 billion per year after production begins. 

-----The largest "projected field in the coastal plain is nearly 1.4 billion barrels. 
This would be larger than any new field brought into production in   decades."    
-----Peak  production would yield 876,000 barrels per day by 2025.  876,000 
barrels of oil would produce 36.7 million gallons of gasoline, jet and diesel fuel, heating oil and other products.


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