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VOTE ON ARCTIC REFUGE AND ENERGY BILLS IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FLOOR ACTION EXPECTED TO START AND END TOMORROW!
The House of Representatives' much-anticipated return to energy on the floor is set to begin and likely end tomorrow, featuring debate and votes on a handful of energy-related bills. H.R. 4503 HAS REPLACED PREVIOUS ENERGY LEGISLATION H.R. 6
VOTE ON DRILLING IN ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE EXPECTED IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES!!!!
Gwich’in human rights, sovereignty and way of life at threat, please make a call today to denounce attempts to drill in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge is the core birthplace and nursery of the Porcupine Caribou Herd that is central to the Gwich’in culture and way of life.
A new bill, sponsored by Pombo, that opens ANWR to oil and gas exploration, and ties the revenues from oil and gas leases there to the cleanup of abandoned coal mines and the provision of health benefits for coal miners. The new bill was introduced Wednesday, and, unlike an earlier version,actually addresses the AML and coal miners issue. This is not the first time lawmakers have tried to tie the two issues together, with the idea of picking off labor-leaning and coal-state lawmakers who otherwise would oppose ANWR drilling because it helps fund miners' benefits.
PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESS MEMBERS AND GIVE THEM THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE:
PLEASE OPPOSE ANY LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE.
The Energy bill’s that are up for a vote are not acceptable, specifically H.R. 4503, (which has replaced H.R 6). Sections of the previous Energy Bill HR.6 met with serious opposition, specifically the Indian Energy Title which has provisions for increased energy-related development within Indian lands, including Alaska. The Indian title would create challenges to tribal sovereignty and tribal jurisdiction, weakening environmental regulations in Indian country and provide another mechanism for bringing unsustainable energy-related development into Indian lands. Mining and mineral extraction, building of oil refineries and storing nuclear waste.
The Indian Title of the Energy Bill’s infringe on the rights of our tribes and grassroots tribal members to protect our environment and health of our people. The Indian Title of the Energy Bill is cloaked under false promises of strengthening tribal sovereignty and furthering economic development.
The energy bills:
HR. 6 REPLACED BY HR. 4503
H.R. 4517<http://www.eenews.net/features/bills/108/House/070604175701.pdf> ,
Another bill tagged for the energy debate was sponsored by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Resources Committee. The bill,H.R. 451 <http://www.eenews.net/features/bills/108/House/070604185406.pdf> streamlines and expedites the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for siting renewable energy projects. The bill states that no federal agency is required to identify alternative project locations or actions other than what has been proposed and the no-action alternative.
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