Majority Leader Let the Energy Bill
Come To A Floor Vote Immediately
For Immediate Release.
October 28, 2001 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, an energy bill that included President Bush’s plan
to permit oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The measure passed with 36 democrats voting
for the measure.
Unfortunately, the proposed
legislation may not be brought up until next year in the Senate according
to Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (Democrat-South Dakota). As was reported by the Washington Times,
some Republicans privately believe the Senator is contemplating a run
for the Democratic nomination
for President and is playing early partisan politics.
The Senate Majority leader is carefully guarding his green base
said Republicans because the Democrats vote was split for Vice President
Al Gore, with many environmentalists voting for Green Party candidate
considering America’s war against terrorism, the lack of a comprehensive
energy bill puts America at risk,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president
of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.
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 imports could be reduced by about eight
percent by allowing ANWR to be opened to energy exploration.
exploration in ANWR would not endanger wildlife or landscape because
of strict federal laws that govern oil and gas exploration.
Major oil drilling at the North Slope’s Prudhoe Bay has taken
place for more than twenty years with no threat to endangered species
and no ecological disasters. This
drilling accounts for 25 percent of domestic oil production and produces
1.4 million barrels daily.
to Prudhoe Bay, even less land would be required to recover oil in ANWR
as a result of advances in oil drilling technology.
Oil equipment and roads would cover 1,526 acres in Prudhoe Bay
representing more than a 60 percent reduction in land area if new directional
drilling techniques and drilling equipment were used.
little as 2,000 acres of the ANWR coastal plain’s 1.5 million acres
would be required to recover the potentially oil-rich reserves located
in the area. Furthermore, other techniques would also be used by the energy industry
to provide ecological benefits to the area.
The environment, contrary
to testimony from many environmentalists, is not harmed when areas such
as ANWR are developed. Wildlife
is not endangered as is clearly demonstrated by Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay
which has been aggressively developed and has made major contributions
to the U.S. domestic oil productions.
an energy bill that includes the President’s plan to permit oil exploration
in ANWR has been passed by the House of Representatives,” stated Dr.
Rutkowski. “It is time for Senate Majority Leader Thomas
A. Daschle to put personal benefits and partisan politics aside and
allow the measure to be voted on immediately rather than next year. Such action would reduce America’s dependence
on foreign oil; and for an economy in recession, it would provide a
substantial amount of economic stimulus.”
For more information,
see the SAFE Action Alert at http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/SAFE
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