Hill Watch Alert
Securing America’s Future
Energy Act of 2001 (SAFE; H.R. 4)
a vote of 240-189, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4 — Securing
America’s Future Energy Act of 2001 (SAFE) on August 2, 2001, that included
President Bush’s plan to permit oil exploration in the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The
measure passed in the House with 36 democrats voting for the measure.
(To see how your representative voted visit: http://clerkweb.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.exe?year=2001&rollnumber=320
). However, the measure may
not be brought up for vote in the Senate until next year by Senate Majority
Leader Thomas A. Daschle (Democrat-South Dakota).
the Senate Majority leader engages in partisan politics, he is putting
the nation at risk in the war against terrorism, since the nation lacks
a comprehensive energy bill.
is America's single largest oil reserve, which could produce between
9.2 - 16 billion barrels of oil according to estimates from some petroleum
experts. In addition, oil exploration in the vast refuge would not create
an unacceptable risk to wildlife and pristine forests since the oil
exploration equipment would affect only a minute 0.1 percent of ANWR’s
19 million acres. Furthermore,
ANWR is so oil rich, it could provide the substitute for the oil that
the U.S. would otherwise have to import from Saudi Arabia
over the next three decades.
exploration in ANWR would not endanger wildlife or landscape because
of strict federal laws that govern oil and gas exploration. Also, techniques would be used by the energy
industry that would provide ecological benefits to the area. For example, pads of ice could be built instead
of constructing gravel pads to ensure that when the ice melts away,
little evidence of human activity would be left when a dry exploration
well is capped. Also, temporary
ice roads could be used extensively to support winter exploration activities.
To Press Release on October
29, 2001: To View Visit:
You Can Do?
Contact Senate Majority
Leader Thomas A. Daschle and encourage him to ALLOW Securing
America’s Future Energy Act of 2001 (SAFE; H.R. 4) to be brought to
the floor for an immediate vote rather than waiting until next year. America needs a comprehensive energy policy
to reduce its energy dependence on foreign oil. And for an economy in
recession, the measure would
provide a substantial amount of economic stimulus.
Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121.
Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for Senator Daschle’s office.
Senators Daschle’s Office:
Senators Daschle’s Fax: 202- 224-2047
Senators Daschle’s E-mail:
Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Mr. Majority Leader:
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