EPPN urges 'no' vote on drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

Posted Feb 16, 2012

[Episcopal Public Policy Network] Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will debate and vote on H.R. 3408, the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act, which opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling. The proponents of drilling will attempt to use the revenues derived from activities related to drilling or exploration for oil or gas in ANWR to pay for projects and programs the transportation reauthorization bill.

While we believe that Congress must make needed investments in the nation’s transportation infrastructure, we do not believe that we should endanger our environment by sacrificing national treasures such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to do so.

The Episcopal Church has long opposed drilling in the ANWR not only because of our concern for and stewardship of God’s creation, but because of our commitment to standing with the Gwich’in Nation, which represents one of the only native Anglican nations in the world. At its 70th General Convention, the Episcopal Church called on the Church to protect the sanctity of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska by opposing the opening of this refuge for oil development.

Call the Capitol switchboard at 1-800-270-0309 and ask for your representative.

When you are connected to your member’s office these are things that you might say:

  •     The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a national treasure that stands alone in its wildness, beauty, and unique recreational opportunities.
  •     Please let Representative _____ know that I oppose legislation that would facilitate the opening of the Arctic Refuge for drilling in any way.
  •     I am urging Representative _____ to preserve the manifest beauty and dynamic ecosystem of the Arctic Refuge. Please ask Representative ____ to vote NO on H.R. 3408.

 


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Comments (1)

  1. Michael Van Veckhoven says:

    It would be beneficial and fair to include the benefits of drilling in ANWR in this discussion as well as the negatives. This way, we Episcopalians can form our own opinions on this issue instead of being given only one side of the argument in what basically reads like a political campaign mail piece.

    Protecting the environment should absolutely be in our interests as people of faith, but shouldn’t affordable gas prices for the single mother who is working three jobs and raising two children be in our interests, also?

    What will the effects of drilling in ANWR be — not only on the environment — but on the economy? Will it have a positive effect on the economy? Negative? I urge the EPPN to contribute to fairness in the future by presenting every side of each issue.

    Peace.

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