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LWCF Billion Dollar Boondoggle Passes with ANWR

NRDC's EARTH ACTION:
The Bulletin for Environmental ActivistsMarch 16, 2005ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGEYesterday we sent an emergency alert asking you to urge your senators to vote
to remove language from the budget resolution that would allow oil drilling in
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. You swamped the Senate with almost 30,000
messages in just a few hours, but we are heartbroken to have to report that,
just a few hours ago, the effort to remove the Arctic drilling provision failed
by a vote of 49-51.The following is a statement by NRDC's legislative director Karen
Wayland: "Drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge won't make a dent in gas
prices at the pump or break our dependence on Middle East oil. This was really
a vote for Big Oil, not for the solid majority of Americans who oppose turning
America's last great wilderness into a vast, polluted oil field. President Bush
and his Senate allies resorted to a sneaky budget maneuver to get their way.
Now, Congress is one step closer to trading away an irreplaceable national
treasure for a few drops of oil that we wouldn't see for a decade or more. If
the oil industry can drill in the Arctic Refuge, then no place, no matter how
pristine, will be safe. But there is still have a lot of political tundra to
cross before this fight is over. We'll keep battling them every step of the
way."Although this is a hugely discouraging loss for all of us, as Karen notes, the
battle is far from over. We'll be in touch very soon to let you know the next
time we need you to raise your voice in defense of this national treasure
(thankfully, Congress is about to recess for the next two weeks, so we all have
time to catch our breaths as we prepare for the next round). Thanks to each and
every one of you for your continued help and support in this fight.#####

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LWCF Billion Dollar Boondoggle Passes with ANWR

Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005
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[url=http://www.landrights.org]http://www.landrights.org[/url]LWCF Billion Dollar Boondoggle Passes with ANWRThank you to everyone who tried so hard to block this land grab in the Senate.Now you must call and contact your Congressman.The LWCF — CARA land grab must be attacked in the House.Any Congressman may be called at (202) 225-3121 or (202) 224-3121.Ask your Congressman to hang tough on LWCF — CARA and remove the funding from ANWR and the Budget Resolution in the House. The best thing is for them to make sure the LWCF Trust Fund doesnit get in at all.Just say no to the LWCF land grab by Liberal Lamar Alexander (R-TN).Liberal Lamar's Billion Dollar Baby.LWCF is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It appears it will get $350 million for three years, total $1.05 BILLION. A billion dollar boondoggle.For Liberal Lamar Alexander (a Republican from Tennessee) this is just “camels nose under the tent.” He will keep going to get as much as he can, now that he has established the precedent of getting land grab funding guaranteed money from ANWR royalty revenue.Lamar Alexander introduced a bill last year that would have eventually meant CARA, a $3 billion per year guaranteed off-budget land acquisition trust fund.Massive guaranteed land acquisition is the death knell for rural America.
Here is what Congressional Green Sheets said today:
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From Green Sheets:
Meanwhile, in a twist to the ANWR issue, the American Land Rights
Association, which supports drilling, is nevertheless calling for defeat
of the budget provision.It said that the receipts going to the Land and Water Conservation Fund
“would be handed out for seizure of private property and grant money to
the environmental left.” — William Scally
——Liberal Lamar is grabbing a BILLION DOLLARS NOW, and he will go for
MORE LATER. Stop this land-grabbing raid on the public treasury BEFORE IT
STARTS!!The Enviro extremists WILL NOT STOP until they have grabbed YOUR LAND!Property rights are in grave danger.It is up to the House to stop this Dark Of Night Land Grab.Backroom dealing that sells you down the river.Liberal Lamar Alexander stuck his small trust fund into ANWR without hearings, no debate and no recorded vote.
They are setting aside over $350 million per year - GUARANTEED every year!!!!! And it is land acquisition AND ALSO administrative costs when land sales are closed, so it finances their operations as well as grabbing land.It is a GUARANTEED, PERMANENT, ANNUAL pile of cash for the greens. This will PERMANENTLY finance the environmental movement with $350 million EVERY YEAR to finance their operations and seize property.There is currently a huge budget deficit, and 'Liberal Lamar' proposes to place land grabs at a higher priority than ALL OTHER PRIORITIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. This includes everything from fighting terrorism to education.PERMANENTLY financing the environmental movement is more important than EVERYTHING ELSE, according to 'Liberal Lamar.'ANWR is the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge and holds billions of barrels of oil. Drilling there can be done safely and without damaging the environment. For example, the National Audubon Society has drilled for oil in refuges it owns for over fifty years in Texas and Michigan.The American Land Rights Association has long supported drilling in ANWR as a common sense multiple use of our nation's public lands. HOWEVER, it cannot support ANWR if it comes at a cost of handing over billions of dollars per year to finance seizure of private land. Senator Alexander, you really blew it!!!Action Items:1. Call your Congressman about LWCF. Ask him or her to commit to make sure it is not part of ANWR or the Budget Resoultion in the House. Call (202) 225-3121 or (202) 224-3121. Ask for the staff person that handles the budget, ANWR or LWCF.2. Fax them a message. If you donit have their fax number, ask for it when you call.3. Call the Resources Committee chaired by Richard Pombo (R-CA). (202) 225-2761. The fax number is (202) 225-5929. The e-mail address is: resources.committee@mail.house.gov4. Forward this message to your friends and allies.5. Call at least three friends and urge them to call.
More Information: go to [url=http://www.landrights.org]www.landrights.org[/url] Youill see the CARA starburst down the page. Click on that.This bill will move fast so you need to be in close touch with your Congressman. Call and make arrangements to meet him when he is in town. Get others to ask him questions at public meetings.This LWCF Billion Dollar Boondoggle land grab must be brought to his attention everywhere he goes.
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This is CARA plain and simple. Rural America refers to CARA as the Confiscation And Relocation Act. It's like the COMPACT was in Maine. We defeated it twice at the polls and Angus and his Democrats passed it anyway a piece at a time.

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Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005
From: “The Wilderness Society”
Subject: WILDALERT: Senate Votes on Arctic - Action NeededWildAlertMarch 16, 2005Senate votes on Arctic - Actions needed!Dear _______,The Senate has just voted 51-49 against the Cantwell amendment to keep Arctic Refuge drilling from the Senate Budget Resolution. Click the link below to view a list of how senators voted.[url=http://ga1.org/wilderness/arcticsenatevote.html]http://ga1.org/wildernes...This battle is far from over. The conservation community still has several opportunities to work with members of both parties in the House and Senate to keep Arctic drilling out of the final budget.The close vote reflects in part the groundswell of activism the Congress has experienced over this issue. “The phones were ringing almost continuously when we were visiting congressional offices this week and last,” remarked Jim Waltman, Program Director for The Wilderness Society. “It was very uplifting to know that many of those calls were from the WildAlert community.”Our immediate efforts now turn back to the House, which is expected to vote on its Budget Resolution in the next few days.“Chairman Nussle, the Chair of the House Budget Committee, has indicated that policy matters like Arctic Refuge drilling do not belong in the Budget,” Waltman pointed out. “But the Budget Committee's reconciliation instructions have a loophole that could allow drilling boosters to add Arctic drilling to reconciliation legislation.”What You Can Do:Click here to urge your representative to contact Rep. Nussle and ask him to keep Arctic language out of the House Budget Reconciliation.[url=http://ga1.org/campaign/BudgLanguage/ined7s2y7bnek6]http://ga1.org/campa...After you do that, please call your senators and express your thanks or outrage on how they voted. Click the link below to view a list of Senators and how they voted.[url=http://ga1.org/wilderness/arcticsenatevote.html]http://ga1.org/wildernes...If you're from Iowa:Please call Rep. Nussle and tell him in no uncertain terms that he must make it clear in Budget instructions to other House committees that no Arctic drilling language will be permitted on the House Budget Reconciliation bill.Phone: (202) 225-2911.The TallyThis vote was mostly along party lines, with these Democrats voting against the Cantwell amendment: Hawaiian Senators Akaka and Inouye, Sen. Landrieu of Louisiana.Republicans who rebuffed party pressure and voted for the Cantwell amendment were:
Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine; Norm Coleman of Minnesota; John McCain of Arizona, Gordon Smith of Oregon; Mike Dewine, Ohio and Sen. Chaffee, Rhode Island.Please call your Senators and express your thanks or outrage. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.Thank you!We know that we have been asking a great deal of you in recent weeks. What is much more remarkable is all that you've been willing to give. The WildAlert community has generated nearly 175,000 messages to Congress - and an untold number of phone calls - on behalf of Arctic Refuge protection.We're counting on you to continue your powerful brand of activism. The broad and diverse coalition of Americans working to protect the Arctic Refuge will fight every step of the way to keep Arctic drilling out of the budget. The battle for the Arctic Refuge has just begun.Sample Letter to the HouseIf you'd like to send your own message to the House, use our contact directory at[url=http://ga1.org/wilderness/leg-lookup/search.tcl?domain=wilderness&previe...A sample letter is below.Dear Representative,Now that the Senate has failed to prohibit Arctic Refuge oil drilling in the Budget, it's essential that the House act to protect the Arctic. Budget Chair Nussle can do that.Will you please contact Mr. Nussle and ask him to give explicit instructions to the Resources Committee to keep the Budget Reconciliation free of Arctic Refuge oil drilling language?Drilling in the Refuge won't solve our energy problems. It is not worth damaging America's greatest national wildlife refuge for what the U.S. Geological Survey says would be far less oil than the U.S. consumes in a single year.There are some places that should be off-limits to oil drilling and industrial development, and the Arctic Refuge is one of them. The harm to wildlife habitat for polar bear, caribou, and millions of migratory birds would be permanent and irreparable.We have a moral responsibility to save wild places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for future generations. That's why our country has remained committed to its protection for nearly 50 years.
Words to Inspire“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”- Rachel Carson[url=http://www.wilderness.org]http://www.wilderness.org[/url]

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Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005
From: National Wildlife Federation
Subject: Thank You For Your Help To Protect The Arctic Refuge
Thank You For Your Help
To Protect The Arctic RefugeDear _______,In a narrow vote of 51 to 49, the Senate voted today in favor of a federal budget provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. While the outcome is a disappointment, it is not a defeat. This was an extremely close vote and the senators who listened to the American public and voted not to sacrifice this unique, unspoiled national treasure deserve our utmost thanks.You also deserve our thanks! In the last few months we've called on you time and time again to help us stop attempts to allow drilling in the Arctic Refuge, and time and time again you responded by calling, writing, or visiting your senators and letting them know the Arctic Refuge is too wild too waste. Your dedicated actions and financial support have been crucial to this fight.Despite today's vote, all is not lost for the Arctic Refuge and the wildlife that depend on it for survival. We still have a critical window of opportunity to keep Arctic drilling out of a final federal budget bill. We must send Congress and the administration a strong message that the American public will not stand idly by and let the nation's last remaining wild places be sacrificed in a misguided oil drilling frenzy.You can help by contacting your members of Congress TODAY and urging them to oppose any final federal budget bill that includes oil drilling in America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Call NWF's toll-free Arctic Action Hotline at 1-888-8-WILDAKOrSend a free email message directly from the NWF website. For greater impact, don't forget to modify the suggested letter text.Again, thank you for all you have done to date to help protect the Arctic Refuge!Sincerely,
NWF's Arctic Refuge TeamP.S. To find out how your senators voted, go to [url=http://nwf.m0.net/m/s.asp?HB18917029509X4591941X589363]http://nwf.m0.net...You can also help keep wild places like the Arctic Refuge free from oil development and other threats, by making a donation to NWF at: [url=http://www.nwf.org.]www.nwf.org.[/url] Your support is more important than ever!Please be sure to add us to your address book, especially if you are a Yahoo!, America Online, or Hotmail user. Using the “Add to Address Book” feature will make sure that you are receiving your deliveries from National Wildlife Federation in a timely and consistent manner.###

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