ANWR Campaign

Published on October 23rd, 2017 | by GrowWNYAdmin

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Action Alert: ANWR Campaign

[Updated: 12/05/2017]

Dear Friends of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:

As you may know the Budget Bills passed by both Houses of Congress are heading to a reconciliation vote which will probably take place this week.

Today we are making an urgent call for you to send letters to the editor of your local newspapers, especially if you live in the districts of the following New York Congressional Representatives –

John Faso-R, NY-19th District (Capital Region, Catskill, Hudson Valley )

John Katko NY-24th District (Oswego, Fulton, Syracuse)

Elise Stefanik, NY-21 (Plattsburg, Watertown, Saratoga Springs)

Please take a minute to do this today, so that these letters can appear before the end of this week.

Please go to this link to see where to send your letter.

The following letters can be used as a copy and paste with your own signature, or you can use parts of them, or you can create your own letter. Please write your own Representatives name where you see it in bold.

Letter A

Drilling will turn our wildlife refuge into an oil field

You may or may not know that the Congressional Budget Reconciliation Bill includes language to drill in the fragile Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The assumed 2,000-acre footprint for drilling in the Arctic Refuge is a falsity. In reality, the reconciliation language will open the Coastal Plain, where caribou calve and polar bears den, in its entirety to destructive and risky drilling.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. was right when she said that it will turn the “refuge into an oil field” and will prioritize drilling over the health and welfare of the wildlife and people that depend upon the Coastal Plain for survival. It will break our nation’s crown jewel of the refuge system.

There is no such thing as safe and environmentally friendly oil drilling. On the North Slope, The Prudhoe Bay oil fields and Trans-Alaska Pipeline have caused more than 400 spills annually on the North Slope since 1996, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC).

The Arctic Refuge belongs to all of us, we should have a say in how it is managed. I am calling on Congressman Katko/Stefanik/Faso to vote against any budget that includes drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

Letter B

It’s déjà vu all over again for the Arctic Refuge

Here we go again. Congress is ignoring what the American people want. A majority of Americans want the Arctic Refuge protected from oil rigs. The Senate’s vote last week did the exact opposite, and advanced a budget bill which includes revenue from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In the past 30 years, Congress has voted close to 50 times on whether or not to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Yet our nation’s largest and wildest Refuge remains protected today, thanks to the overwhelming support of the American people – year after year, decade after decade. Polling from the Center for American Progress has shown that more than two-thirds of the American public want to see this iconic landscape protected.

The Arctic Refuge is one of our nation’s most majestic places, home to the Porcupine Caribou Herd, musk oxen, wolves, imperiled polar bears, and nearly 200 species of migratory birds that migrate to six continents and all 50 states. The Arctic Refuge is too special to drill and should not be included in any must-pass legislation moving forward. Let’s keep it wild.

Letter C

Too Special To Drill

Some places in our nation are simply too special, too sacred to drill – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of them.

The Arctic Refuge has sustained the Gwich’in people for thousands of years. Its Coastal Plain provides birthing grounds for the Porcupine Caribou Herd, which use the unique ecosystem to bear and rear their young. The Gwich’in people call the Coastal Plain “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” Protecting the caribou and the Gwich’in way of life is a matter of basic human rights.

It’s obvious that leadership in Congress and Trump care more about filling the pockets of the oil industry than the interests of the American people, who strongly support the Refuge being protected.

In the past 30 years, Congress has voted close to 50 times on whether or not to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I call on Congressman Katko/Stefanik/Faso to vote against any budget that includes the Arctic Refuge. The Refuge should not be included in any must-pass legislation moving forward. It is time to end this exhausted debate.

 


[Original post: 10/23/2017]

Calling all friends and members of the Western New York Environmental Alliance!

The WNYEA is excited to announce that we have teamed with the Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wilderness League to engage in a campaign in New York State to protect the precious Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the crown jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is a public place jointly owned by all Americans. It is a remote wilderness that is home to diverse plants and wildlife including Polar Bear, Caribou and numerous bird species. The biodiversity of the place helps to support a healthy planet. It was designated as a wildlife refuge in 1960 to protect our unique wildlife, wilderness, and recreational values. It is a globally significant natural resource. Today, it is in jeopardy.

As you may know, President Trump and Republicans in Congress are aggressively pursuing a plan to open the refuge to drilling for oil. The Congressional House Budget Committee 2018 Budget Resolution includes items that will permit oil exploration and drilling. Activities associated with the intrusion into this wild area, include the building of roads and pipelines, transport of equipment and resources, and dramatic displacement and destruction of wildlife and fragile arctic wilderness habitat. This irrevocably damage natural assets that have great value to life on earth including ours. In addition, use of fossil fuels will enable and expand human caused climate change.

Exploitation of ANWR for fossil fuels simply continues to send us in the wrong direction. If we do not stop this now, our lives and the lives of future generations will suffer irrevocable damage.

During the next several weeks, the House and Senate are looking at an overall Appropriations Bill that including drilling and exploitation in this Refuge. The bill links profits from this private extraction to US fiscal stability. They are using this to justify a budget that includes tax breaks for corporations and the rich. The fact that this is deeply hidden in the appropriations bill is not well known and is the focus of this action alert. We are sounding the alarm, and we need your help!

The Defenders of Wildlife have asked us to help inform three NYS Congressional Representatives and their constituents of opposition to the ANWR drilling legislation. They Are:

John Faso-R, NY-19th District (Capital Region, Catskill, Hudson Valley )

John Katko NY-24th District (Oswego, Fulton, Syracuse)

Elise Stefanik, NY-21 (Plattsburg, Watertown, Saratoga Springs)

You are receiving this Action Alert because these individuals may represent your district or you may know someone or an organization that is in their districts.

What can you do? 

We need to ACT NOW. The Appropriations Bill may be voted upon before the end of November.

1. Spread the Word!

Please circulate this letter/email to members of your organization, friends and colleagues, and to other organizations that you think would be helpful and interested in taking action.

2. Sign Our Letter

Read and sign on to our letter which will be sent to the three Congressional Representatives, Faso, Katko, and Stefanik. You can sign on here.

3. Meet with Your Congressman

Ask for a meeting with these representatives or their staffs. The Defenders of Wildlife and the WNYEA will provide training and coordination for these meetings. If you are interested in this, click here and we will contact you.

4. Write a Letter

Help to write and send Letters to the Editor. Want to learn how? Click here.

5. Join Our Mailing List

Visit our website and sign up for the WNYEA Newsletter for updates and information

Please reach out to us with suggestions, other groups or organizations that you think may be helpful, and contact updates. Thank you for your support!

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