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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Securing America’s Future Energy Act of 2001 (SAFE; H.R. 4)

By 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).

As 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.

ANWR 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.

Oil 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.

Refer To  Press Release on October 29, 2001:  To View Visit: http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/SAFE press release.htm

What 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. 

Contact Information:

Capitol 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.

Other contact information:

Senators Daschle’s Office:  202- 224-2321
Senators Daschle’s Fax:  202- 224-2047
Senators Daschle’s E-mail: tom_daschle@daschle.senate.gov

Addressing Correspondence:

To a Senator:

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Majority Leader:

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