From: alra@governance.net
Subject: Urgent – CARA Senate Energy Vote Wednesday, May 25th.

LandRights Network
American Land Rights Association
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Urgent – CARA Senate Energy Vote Wednesday, May 25th.

***Biggest Vote Of The Year

Please call Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Don’t stop until the Senate says they have actually voted.  It may be later in the day.

Read carefully the Testimony Questionnaire below.  It will remind you of all the reasons to oppose S 964 – CARA-LWCF.

The Complete Energy and Natural Resources Contact list is below.

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will try to turn the following Republicans into turncoats on CARA.  You are in a race to convince the following Senators not to sell out landowners.  Tell them no trust fund, no land grab, no giant land acquisition fund.

Here are the Republican Senators Alexander will try to convert to support CARA.
The full committee with contact information is listed below.

***Richard Burr (R-NC) -- Mel Martinez (R-FL)m -- Gordon Smith (R-OR)

Every one needs to call, fax and e-mail these Senators.  It is especially important if you are from their state.  

Here are the Democrat Senators who are from states that should aggressively oppose CARA.  There is no excuse for a Senator from these states voting for CARA other than just following the Democrat line.   Everyone should contact these Senators, but especially those that live in their state.

***Byron Dorgon (D-ND) -- Ron Wyden (D-OR) -- Tim Johnson (D-SD) -- 
Ken Salazar (D-CO)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will face an attempt by Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to sneak his new CARA-LWCF bill (S 964) into the Energy Bill Wednesday, May 25th.

Liberal Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will try to amend his giant land grab bill 
CARA-LWCF (S 964) into the Energy Bill now under consideration in the Senate.  They will be considering options for OCS (Outer Continental Shelf) oil exploration and Lamar wants a big chunk of that money.

***Liberal Lamar’s Trick – Senator Lamar Alexander has not added the Federal side of this bill.  He is trying to keep the money figure down and keep opposition low.
But everyone knows he is going to add the Federal side if the bill gets past the committee.  So this vote is a big deal.

Votes began last week in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the giant Energy Bill now working its way through Congress.  The mark up could take most of this week.  These are critical days.

***Action Items:

-----1.  You need to call, fax and e-mail members of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee every day between now and late Wednesday to keep Senators from adding CARA-LWCF (S 964) to the Energy Bill.  The Energy Committee is listed below.  They must be deluged with calls, faxes and e-mails.   

-----2.  Call, fax and e-mail both your Senators to urge them to oppose S 964, the new CARA – LWCF Land Grab bill.  This is especially important if one or both of them are on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  The number for any Senator at the Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

-----3.  Fill out and fax or e-mail the testimony questionnaire below to both your Senators and to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  You may cut it out and e-mail it or turn it into a fax.  Somehow, get it to your Senators.  Please call them as well.  Make sure the Senators above get a copy.

-----3.  This is an urgent call to action.   Call and e-mail your friends, neighbors and business associates to urge them call your Senators.

Testimony Questionnaire:

Fax or E-mail deadline Wednesday, May 25th   2:00 PM
Be sure to call the Senators also.

Americans Outdoors Act – S 964 — Testimony Questionnaire
Energy and Natural Resources Committee 

Honorable ___________________
U. S. Senate, Washington, DC. 20510

Please review my responses to the following statements and consider this document to be my testimony regarding Americans Outdoors Act (S 964) (CARA-LWCF) for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. I understand that I can attach additional comments and pages.  Please consider a photocopy of this document as valid as the original.  
I am deeply concerned about AMERICANS OUTDOORS ACT.  I consider this a rebirth of the old CARA, the Conservation and Reinvestment Act even though it does not now contain any provision for Federal land acquisition.  Lamar Alexander has combined elements of CARA with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF.  We call the Americans Outdoors Act CARA-LWCF.   It is my understanding that it is common knowledge in Washington, DC that Federal land acquisition will be added back in by amendment at a later date.  

The Energy Committee appears to not be handling S 964 in a straightforward and forthright manner.  Everyone is fully aware that a Federal lands component will be added to S 964.  There seems to be a rush to judgment on an incomplete bill.  I urge you to hold a hearing on the entire bill and not participate in what seems to be a “bait and switch” tactic.  These kind of tactics do not place the Senate in a favorable light.  Please make sure my testimony becomes part of the official record of this hearing. 

Please circle your answer - You may write additional comments by each question or in the comment section on the back.    Your personal comments make this document more valuable.

1)	Condemnation will be allowed by AMERICANS OUTDOORS ACT (CARA-LWCF) before it passes Congress.   Even Federal condemnation using S 964 funds can occur if authorized by legislation.    I oppose condemnation (eminent domain) by BOTH Federal and state agencies.  


2)	No AMERICANS OUTDOORS ACT (CARA-LWCF)  funds, whether they be by the State, local or Federal governments, should be used to force any landowner, farmer, rancher, mining claim owner, homeowner or other rights holder to sell against his will.


3)	Federal and state land acquisition buys private land and removes it from the tax rolls thereby increasing the tax burden of other local taxpayers and reducing important services such as schools, hospitals and libraries.

4)	All lands with Endangered Species will be targets of land acquisition.  With AMERICANS OUTDOORS ACT (CARA-LWCF) funding, many more species will begin to look endangered.   No land will be safe.  Please don’t use   S 964 funds to expand Federal control over my land.


5)	It is likely that a small percentage of AMERICANS OUTDOORS ACT will go to urban parks and ball fields for soccer moms.  Please consider separate legislation giving them their fair share.   Don’t sell me out and threaten my community just to dole out some congressional pork to urban areas.


6)	.I believe S 964 will eventually provide hundreds of millions of dollars each year for environmental groups and land trusts.    I should not be forced to allow my tax dollars to support organizations that want to destroy my economic livelihood.


7)	Hunters and sportsmen will gradually lose access to acquired lands as they are converted into off-limits areas. 


8)	The AMERICANS OUTDOORS ACT supports efforts by Green groups to designate hundreds of new areas of private land as new Federal areas.  They’ll just say, “Let the Trust Fund pay for it.”


9)	The Federal land agencies are over $12 billion behind in deferred maintenance according to the appropriations committee.  The Feds should take better care of what they own now before buying more. 


10)	The House version of S 964 last year provided $3 billion per year, most of it available for land acquisition, that avoids having to compete in the congressional appropriations process each year.  In its final form, I believe that S 964 will be close to last years House version (HR 4100) that takes a higher priority for funding than cancer research, prescription drugs, healthcare, education or the military.   This is wrong.  Land Acquisition (S 964) should not have a privileged status in the Federal budget process.  


11)	Some local communities adjacent to Federal areas think S 964 funding will help tourism.  Actually, the record of Federal land agencies when they get land acquisition money is to drive out inholders and landowners, reduce economic activity, destabilize the local real estate market and eliminate small business while locking up the land and locking out the people. 


12)	Many groups supporting the S 964 expect to get huge amounts of pork money from it.  This is the worst kind of pork barrel politics with the States and local governments asking for scarce Federal dollars.   


13)	Land acquisition has always been used as a weapon by the Federal, State and local land agencies to regulate and control private land.  They don’t need to zone it.  They just threaten to own it.  


14)	Eventually the AMERICANS OUTDOORS ACT will cause hundreds of small communities in and around existing Federal, State and local park areas to be wiped off the map.


15)	Large amounts of S 964 will go to the Nature Conservancy and other land trusts to buy land and sell it to the government, often at a profit, undermining the economic ecosystem of local communities.


16)	Additional UN Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites will be the result if S 964 passes Congress.    I don’t want any loss of US Sovereignty.


 (Your written comments here will make this document more valuable.)

(If needed, use additional sheets or attach a personal letter.)

To validate your comments please fill in completely (PRINT) and be sure to sign.
Signature_________________________________ Name____________________________________________
E-Mail___________________________________ Fax ___________________ Phone ____________________
Address_______________________________ Town______________________ State_____ Zip____________

Please do not fail to fax or e-mail your testimony even if you receive this message  late.   The vote may be delayed. 

Fax or e-mail deadline  — Wednesday, May 25th. 

Energy Committee Fax Number: FAX: (202) 224-6163.
E-mail address:  committee@energy.senate.gov

New Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

(If they only have a website listed, you can usually send e-mail from there)


Pete Domenici (R-NM)
(202) 224-6621
FAX: (202) 228-3261

Larry Craig (R-ID)
(202) 224-2752
FAX: (202) 228-1067

Craig Thomas (R-WY)
(202) 224-6441
FAX: (202) 224-1724

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
(202) 224-4944
FAX: (202) 228-3398

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
(202) 224-6665
FAX: (202) 224-5301

Richard Burr (R-NC)
(202) 224-3154
FAX: (202) 228-2981

Mel Martinez (R-FL)
(202) 224-3041
FAX: (202) 228-5171

James Talent (R-MO)
(202) 224-6154
FAX: (202) 228-1518

Conrad Burns (R-MT)
(202) 224-2644
FAX: (202) 224-8594

George Allen (R-VA)
(202) 224-4024
FAX:  (202) 224-5432

Gordon Smith (R-OR)
(202) 224-3753
FAX: (202) 228-3997

Jim Bunning (R-KY)
(202) 224-4343
FAX: (202) 228-1373


Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
(202) 224-5521
FAX: (202) 224-2852
E-mail: senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov

Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
(202) 224-6361
FAX:  (202) 224-2126
E-mail:  senator@akaka.senate.gov

Byron Dorgon (D-ND)
(202) 224-2551
FAX: (202) 224-1193
E-mail:  senator@dorgan.senate.gov

Ron Wyden (D-OR)
(202) 224-5244
FAX: (202) 228-2717

Tim Johnson (D-SD)
(202) 224-5842
FAX: (202) 228-5765

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
(202) 224-5824
FAX:  (202) 224-9735

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
(202) 224-3841
FAX: (202) 228-3954

Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
(202) 224-3441
FAX: (202) 228-0514

Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
(202) 224-4744
FAX:  (202) 228-2197

Ken Salazar (D-CO)
(202) 224-5852
FAX: (202) 228-5036


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