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Senate Votes to Drill in Arctic

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From Defenders of Wildlife Denlines Newsletter

On March 16, the Senate voted by a razor-thin margin, 51-49, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling by sneaking a measure into the budget bill.
However, the fight to protect the refuge is NOT over – and we urgently need your support today to protect this pristine wilderness from the devastation of oil drilling.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 in the next 72 hours to underwrite a campaign to persuade at
least two senators to change their votes. On behalf of the polar bears, wolves, caribou, arctic foxes and other wildlife – can you donate?

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"The devastation of oil drilling."

My God thats a loaded statement. That makes it sound like they are dropping nuclear bombs instead of drilling wells.

How is is possible that drilling for oil in ANWR is so devastating to the environment and the wildlife, yet just a few hundred miles away those same animals are doing just fine around the oil production facilities at Prudhoe Bay? I don't get it.

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Thank you, while I was reading this I had the same thought. At some point the scare tactics need to be called out for what they are. There will be *some* damage to the environment, is that acceptable? To answer that, ask yourself do you drive a car? Well we are drilling that oil for *you* and your car(s) are doing more damage then this drilling ever could.

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There's disinformation from both sides.

Why are people pushing each other farther apart? Is it money? Power? Principle?

The worry about the refuge is inflated, but I'm not convinced that there's a substantial-enough amount of oil there. It seems as though relentless corporatism and relentless fanaticism have drowned out common sense.

So what else is new?

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American's aren't happy if oil is drilled for in Alaska. they aren't happy if it's bought from the middle east. Where the hell is it supposed to come from? It's insane.

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And best yet, we're selling it all to Japan... independance from foreign oil, indeed.

- Leam

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