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Sunday, November 9th, 2008
5:02 pm - Proposed Road in Refuge Raises Fears About Drilling

While Obama's win and gains in Congress of pro-environmental Democrats has made the Arctic Refuge guaranteed to be safe for at least 4 more years, there are potential backdoor ways that drilling proponents are going to try, case in point, see this Washington Post article:


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current mood: recumbent

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Thursday, March 16th, 2006
12:30 am - Groundhog Day: Arctic refuge drilling back on the table

From McClatchy Newspapers
It didn't work last year, but Senate backers of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development are again trying to pass the drilling measure as part of a budget bill.

"It's a little bit of deja vu all over again," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. So far, the game plan looks identical to last year's. A Republican-drafted Senate resolution calls for opening the refuge. It is headed for a vote, probably Thursday.

The resolution doesn't have the force of law, but it lays the groundwork for an ANWR measure later, in something called a budget reconciliation bill. Under Senate rules, budget bills of this type can't be held up with a filibuster, so they need just 51 votes to pass instead of 60.

Last year, the budget bill with ANWR in it passed the Senate with 52 votes. Then it skidded to a halt in the House, where a group of anti-drilling Republicans sided with all the Democrats to defeat it. It passed only after House leaders took out the ANWR provision.

One difference this year is that the ANWR bill likely won't be paired, as it was last year, with deep cuts to entitlement programs. The cuts were especially unpopular with House Democrats. Without them, the Democrats may not be so solidly united.

But Pete Rafle of The Wilderness Society said last year's budget battle is still fresh in everyone's mind, and that should strengthen opposition to ANWR drilling.

"The fact is that in the context of a budget resolution, this idea of drilling was shown to be not a viable idea," he said.

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
5:00 pm - Arctic Refuge saved again, Ted Stevens devastated

While Environmentalists and Democrats celebrated their victory against drilling in the Arctic refuge, "it was stinging personal loss for Ted Stevens, the senior Senate Republican, who saw victory in his 25-year crusade slip away yet again." (New York Times)

"This has been the saddest day of my life. It's a day I don't want to remember, and I'm sorry to see it come to an end -cause I am drawing a line with a lot of people I've worked with before. I really am--I say goodbye to the Senate tonight. Thank you very much."


current mood: jubilant

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
10:00 am - We win! (from CSPAN-2)

Cloture was rejected 56-44! 4 Democrats (Akaka, Inouye, Landrieu, and Nelson) voted for cloture, but 3 Republicans (Chafee, DeWine, and another) voted against!

Senator Frist changed his vote to no which allows for reconsideration of the whole deal later...

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Monday, December 19th, 2005
6:19 pm - The Senate votes Wednesday

It all comes down to this...
(from The Christian Science Monitor)
In a dramatic [ed. note: I call it patently disgusting] endgame strategy, Senate Republicans are using the calendar and a must-pass Defense spending bill to move some of the most controversial issues of the 109th Congress.
Senate Democrats say including the ANWR provision in the Defense bill violates Senate rules and is an abuse of power. They threaten to use all procedural means in Senate rules to block it.
While conceding that a ruling of the chair could determine that ANWR is unrelated to the underlying Defense appropriations bill - a violation of Senate Rule 28 - Senator Stevens says, "We're living by the rules. And one of the procedures in the Senate is to appeal the ruling of the chair."

The ANWR dispute is expected to come to a vote on the Senate floor Wednesday.

"Senate rules are sometimes honored in the breach," says Senate historian Don Richey. "Conferences are by nature a very fluid operation designed to reconcile often strikingly different versions of bills that come out of the House and the Senate."
The magic number for drilling opponents' filibuster is 59 votes or less. Currently, Senator Feinstein said she believed drilling supporters have 58 votes. This is going to be damn close.

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3:29 am - House Opens Way for Oil Drilling in Arctic

The ANWR provision was attached to a major defense bill, forcing many opponents of oil and gas exploration in the barren northern Alaska range to vote for it. The bill, passed 308-106, also included money for hurricane relief and bird flu preventive measures.

Democrats complained that they were being forced to accept ANWR drilling with their vote on military spending and hurricane relief.

The Republicans hit a new low, using our troops as political props while claiming to oppose that very notion. They knew that no one wants to oppose the troops, and that this was a perfect, cynical plan to paint Democrats as tree-hugging hippies who want our troops dead in order to save ANWR. This was a win-win situation for if the Democrats caved into the interests of the oil companies, a major hurdle to open ANWR would be achieved. If the Democrats stood their ground, the Republicans could appeal to the American people, claiming that Democrats are holding Osama Bin Laden's water by opposing money for guns and armor for our troops, even though with the $300 billion already being spent on the war, our troops STILL have to buy their own body armor.

In addition, putting the Hurricane Katrina relief provision in there was just another cynical move to try to get the Dems to put aside their opposition to ANWR drilling for fear of being labeled as heartless and inconsiderate of those poor hurricane victims, even while conservatives are balking at the cost of rebuilding New Orleans.

Not only that, but the Republicans prove that they are willing to trample on the rights of the Gwich'in (the indigenous people who live in the region) which would also violate international law.

I truly despise Republicans (those in power) and their servicing of special interests like Big Oil. Getting a blowjob from an intern is nothing compared to the raping of our environment in the name of the almighty dollar. Hasn't Big oil made enough profits by now? Bush still wants to preserve the tax cuts to an industry that made record profits, even if it meant cutting social programs, showing how much this administration is out of touch with the interests of the people.

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Thursday, December 15th, 2005
4:10 pm - ANWR Battle Continues: this time Republicans want to imply that the Dems hate our troops

Dear Sierra Club Supporter,

Protect the Arctic - Call Your Senator Today!It's been a long battle to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil companies and their allies in Congress. Today the fight has taken yet another unbelievable turn.

In a desperate last-minute effort to pass widely opposed legislation, a group of Senators led by Senator Stevens from Alaska -- the man who brought you "bridges to nowhere" -- has slipped Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling language onto the Defense Appropriations bill.

Please take five minutes to call your Senators immediately and express your strong opposition and outrage to this scheme.

Tell your Senator that:
  • The Defense Appropriations bill is the wrong place to decide controversial policy issues or to approve a scheme that would spoil a national treasure forever. This legislation is intended to support our men and women in uniform and should not be hijacked by those who are pushing drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

  • This sneaky back-door maneuver by pro-drilling politicians is nothing but a desperate attempt to hold the legislative process hostage. It is particularly outrageous given that this bill funds our troops in a time of war.

Every minute counts today. Call your Senators RIGHT NOW at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to do everything in their power to stop the drilling lobby from hijacking the Defense spending bill with Arctic Refuge drilling.

And, please, forward this email to anyone you know who might be willing to help. Maybe the cartoon below from this week's Sierra Club Insider will help get the point across.

-- Sierra Club

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
7:14 pm - Bush Administration officials get desperate...


From The San Francisco Chronicle
Bush Administration officials Gale Norton and Elaine Chao waged a last-minute campaign to change the minds of moderate House Republicans who oppose opening the oil-rich area to development...but the two dozen House GOP moderates who pledged last month to vote against any budget bill that approved drilling in the Alaskan refuge insist they won't bow to pressure from the White House or offers of money for pet projects.

From Washington Post:
Interior Secretary Gale Norton, campaigning to win oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, had the urgency of a saleswoman falling short of her monthly quota.

"ANWR would supply every drop of petroleum for Florida for 29 years," she told a friendly audience at the Heritage Foundation yesterday, "New York for 34 years, Illinois for 43 years, California for 16 years or New Hampshire for 315 years."

So how many years would ANWR's oil keep the whole country fueled up?

Norton balked at the question. "When you look at it for the whole country, you really get somewhat of a deceiving picture," the secretary answered. She said that's "not the way this operates," and said the question "assumes that unless a source of energy is going to meet all of America's needs then it's not worth looking at."

For the record, ANWR's oil, using the administration's own estimates, would supply the whole country for 13 to 17 months before it runs out. But Norton's argument -- that it is acceptable to promise New Hampshire oil for three centuries but "deceiving" to ask about the whole country -- underscored the tension gripping ANWR-drilling proponents as Congress approaches another climactic decision on the Alaskan refuge this week.

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Monday, November 21st, 2005
12:19 am - help!

can anyone tell me websites that express the protection of anwr, why drilling is bad ect. bc anwr.org is just FOR drilling. its for a research paper due this tuesday and im stuck. thanks.

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Friday, November 11th, 2005
10:41 pm

im new. im totally agaisnt the drilling in ANWR. so agaisnt it im using the subject for my 10pp research paper in my acc comp class. anyway
my local newspaper has been printing this full page ad everyday now. thought you might enjoy.

its big so im using ljcut

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005
4:27 pm - Republican Environmental Heroes...


Republicans Praise Removal of Arctic Drilling from House Budget Bill


REP America, the national grassroots organization of Republicans for environmental protection, today welcomed the House Rules Committee's removal of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling authorization from the budget reconciliation bill and praised Republicans who forced leadership to do the right thing.

"This demonstrates that our party's environmentally responsible lawmakers can make a big difference when they stand together. We are particularly pleased that many of them have already warned leadership against trying to put Arctic drilling back into the legislation in conference with the Senate," said David Jenkins, Government Affairs Director of REP America.


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This is perhaps the best news I've heard in months about the Arctic Refuge...however there still is a serious chance that refuge drilling language in the Senate passed budget could be in the final bill that emerges from House/Senate conference negotiations, we'll keep you updated.

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12:42 am - Surely the Great Philosopher Cat in the Sky has smiled down upon us

House GOP makes concession on Arctic drilling
Leaders drop hotly debated ANWR drilling plan from omnibus budget bill

WASHINGTON - House leaders late Wednesday abandoned an attempt to push through a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, fearing it would jeopardize approval of a sweeping budget bill Thursday.

They also dropped from the budget document plans to allow states to authorize oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts — regions currently under a drilling moratorium.

The actions were a stunning setback for those who have tried for years to open a coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to oil development, and a victory for environmentalists, who have lobbied hard against the drilling provisions. President Bush has made drilling in the Alaska refuge his top energy priorities.

The House Rules Committee formalized the change late Wednesday by issuing the terms of the debate when the House takes up the budget package on Thursday.

The decision to drop the ANWR drilling language came after GOP moderates said they would oppose the budget if it was kept in the bill. The offshore drilling provision was also viewed as too contentious and a threat to the bill, especially in the Senate.
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Monday, November 7th, 2005
4:48 pm - Outcry after the Senate's pro-drilling vote; What's next?


From Honolulu Star-Bulletin

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Drilling in the Arctic Refuge faces opposition in the House

from KTVA

According to the Associated Press, the Senate has finally passed a bill approving drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but the legislation still faces a struggle in the US House of Representatives.

Its a reversal from recent years when proposals to allow drilling in the Refuge have sailed through the House, only to die in the Senate. Governor Murkowski says he's worried about how the House may vote. He says many people had assumed getting the House to approve drilling wouldn't be a problem. But in the House, ANWR drilling may be threatened because it is attached to a budget bill rather than an energy bill, as it has been in the past.

Melinda Pierce, a Sierra Club lobbyist, says House Democrats tend to vote as a bloc when it comes to budget bills. She says when refuge drilling has been part of an energy bill, some Democrats from oil states have voted for it.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that some Republican leaders in Washington have already acknowledged they don't yet have the votes in the House to pass their bill.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
6:04 pm - Senate votes to reject protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


From Grist...
The campaign to keep oil drills out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has just been dealt what could be a fatal blow.

From the Washington Post...
The Senate today moved closer to allowing oil companies to drill in [the] Alaskan wildlife refuge, narrowly defeating a provision that would have removed drilling authority from a massive budget reconciliation bill.

The entire package is scheduled for a vote later today, and the House plans to vote on its version of the bill next week. The two versions must then be reconciled by a House-Senate conference committee.
"Using backdoor tactics to destroy America's last great wild frontier will not solve our nation's energy problems and will do nothing to lower skyrocketing gas prices," [Maria Cantwell] said in a statement.

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current mood: devastated

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005
2:40 am - Time running out for the Arctic refuge

Environmentalists Make Last Stand on Arctic Drilling

"A coalition of environmental groups is targeting about 30 members of the House and a handful of senators in a final push to win swing votes to defeat proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In a vigorous lobbying campaign, the environmentalists are trying to rally opposition in the districts of lawmakers whose votes they say are uncertain. As proposed drilling moves closer to becoming law, the environmentalists are scrambling to find enough votes to derail legislation that has seemed headed for passage. Supporters maintain they will have the votes to open the refuge."


Gwich'in: US Oil Drilling Illegal

"As Republicans moved Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling through Congress, Canada's Gwich'in Indians argued the plan would violate international law.

The tribe said Tuesday oil development would damage the plain south of the refuge. The Gwich'in live on the plain, which is also the Porcupine caribou herd's birthing ground, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported.

"The herd has taken care of us since time immemorial and we have a reciprocal relationship to take care of the herd," said Gwich'in leader Luci Beach.

The report, prepared with help from American University law professor Richard Wilson, says drilling would violate international law."

current mood: sad

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
6:11 pm - Missing Maps, a Video, and the Wit and Wisdom of Tom Delay

Elaine Supkis over at Culture of Life Energy News, points out a recent New York Times article, which raises some ominous consequences:

"In 1978, when a Democratic Congress passed the Alaskan Wildlife Act and Jimmy Carter signed it, they also had a detailed map created to delineate the boundries of this natural refuge. The map for this was stolen and the GOP doesn't want to know who stole it or even if it was stolen.
"To go on, the map is important because it is legal. All other maps are not legal so the GOP has rushed into the breach and declared their new map outlines to be the original and of course, all that oil is outside the domain of the park, not inside."

"Some people argue that the native owners, the Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation, which controls much of the surface rights to the land, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, which controls the mineral rights, would be able to offer energy leases no matter where the lines are drawn, as soon as Congress opens the plain."

A short Video on the Arctic Refuge


A Sept. 25, 2003 issue of the Capitol Hill newsletter Roll Call House quoted Majority Leader Tom Delay telling a closed door meeting of the House leadership that the fight over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was in reality a battle over whether  "energy exploration will be allowed in similarly sensitive areas in the future." Delay said, "It's about precedent."

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
3:39 pm - Drilling proposal will not be watered down

Three Democratic amendments limiting the impact of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's refuge drilling proposal were shot down in Committee — the Cantwell amendment, the Bingaman amendment and the Wyden amendment.

In layman's terms, exporting drilled Arctic Refuge oil to China would be A-OK.

Source: http://blog.thedemocraticdaily.com/?p=890

current mood: pessimistic

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
4:25 pm - And so it begins...

From MSNBC (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9727001/)
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has released legislative language that will be voted on Wednesday to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling.
The legislative proposal, which is expected to be cleared by the energy panel and then folded into a much bigger budget bill to fund the federal government, calls for opening ANWR's 1.5 million-acre coastal plain.
Under the proposal, the Interior Department would be required to hold two lease sales before Oct. 1, 2010, to lease tracts in ANWR to oil companies.
If Congress approved drilling in the Arctic refuge this year, the first oil would not begin flowing until 2015, assuming the government was able to lease the first exploration tracts by 2007, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Update: A Senate committee voted Wednesday to include drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge in a massive budget proposal, assuring that drilling opponents won't be able to use the filibuster to thwart oil development there.

The Senate Energy Committee proposal, approved 13-9, calls for the Interior Department to put up for bid by Oct. 1, 2010 two oil leases in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2005/10/19/senate-republicans-insert_n_9151.html)

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Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
4:15 pm - Petitions

Hello everyone
Tomorrow our local Sierra Chapter on campus will be tabling on Global warming and in addition to info we are going to give out about Global Warming we also would like to have 3 petitions out for people to sign as they come by:
1. Save the Artic National Refuge
2. Stop the New Endangered Species Act
3. Stop Drilling for Oil in the Mississippi Sound

I would really appercaite if ya'll could direct me to a good heading for each of these topics for the petition and give me some advice as to where I could send them where they would have the most impact.

Thank you in advance for you time and advice.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2005
5:31 pm

hello! does anyone have information on work being done in the arctic to stop the drilling or any activism on the point? i want to help! please post links or info if you have it, thank you so much.

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