Posted by Northern Alaska Environmental Center on January 13, 2001 at 14:47:47:
===== A message from the 'arctic-action' mailing list =====
At a White House press briefing on Wednesday, President Clinton's
spokesperson said that the Administration will not designate the
Arctic Refuge as a National Monument.
While this statement is not encouraging, the President can still act in
these final days to give the refuge additional protection. Our preference is
for a National Monument, but other options might include protecting federal
areas offshore the refuge from drilling or formally recommending to the
Congress that this area be protected as Wilderness. Some action is still
possible, and we will continue to press the administration for a response to
the millions of Americans that have spoken in favor of protecting our last
Monument or not, we still have a lot to celebrate. Thanks to dedicated
individuals like yourselves, we've run a great campaign and the Arctic
Refuge has received unprecedented support and attention from the American
public. Newspapers all across the country have written editorials in favor
of protecting the Refuge, and individuals who had never been involved in the
issue have taken action for the Arctic.
Our wilderness campaign is also stronger because of our monument efforts.
To drill or not to drill is a question that ultimately must be answered by
the Congress, and in that respect we're off to a great start. Just this
week Representative Nancy Johnson (R-CT) agreed to team up with
Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) to lead the charge in the House of
Representatives for federal Wilderness designation for the coastal plain of
the Arctic Refuge. This issue also enjoys broad bipartisan support in the
Senate, and we hope to announce our Senate champions very soon.
So get ready! We've got a tough road ahead, but together we'll ensure a
"wilderness forever" future for the Arctic, and not one that's marred by
drill pads and pipelines.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. CALL your Senators. Ask them to oppose the nomination of Gale Norton to
head the Department of the Interior who, if confirmed, will work to rollback
the last four decades of protections for the Arctic Refuge. Ask them to be
an original cosponsor of legislation to protect the coastal plain of the
Arctic Refuge as Wilderness. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
2. WRITE your member of Congress. Ask him/her to become an original
cosponsor of the Johnson/Markey Arctic Wilderness bill. Send to: The
Honorable ___ , US House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515
3. JOIN US in Washington, DC this February for Arctic Wilderness Week - a
four day leadership and advocacy training. Visit
www.alaskawild.org/Wildernessweek for more information and to register