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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


CALL THE CAPITAL SWITCHBOARD AT 1-800-839-5276 AND ASK TO BE CONNECTED
WITH THE OFFICE OF YOUR SENATOR / REPRESENTATIVE.
(To find out who your Representative is, go to:
http://capwiz.com/awc/dbq/officials/).

Send an email to Congress at
http://capwiz.com/awc/issues/alert/?alertid=2175191.

 

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.

 

H.R. 4529

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.

 

ENERGY VOTE:

The former "energy week" debate, rescheduled and condensed into one day to accommodate a legislative backlog, will focus on legislation that mimics last fall's energy conference report and three separate bills. These include an attempt to streamline the licensing process for renewable energy projects, legislation that expedites the permitting process for refineries and a measure that opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration, using the revenue to help clean up abandoned coal mines and help coal miners

 

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.


No energy legislation is better than bad energy legislation, we need comprehensive energy legislation that will serve to empower tribes to develop energy resources with a primary focus on renewables, while at the same time ensuring that the impacts of development are accounted for. We all have a sacred responsibility as the Tribal leaders of Indian country to appeal to leaders of this nation, at all levels of governments, to accept responsibility for the welfare of future generations and our Mother Earth. We need leadership at the national level, especially in the United States to defeat the harmful provisions within Energy legislation which would compromise our Tribal Sovereignty, Tribal lands and our sacred responsibility as stewards of the land. 

The energy bills:

 

HR. 6 REPLACED BY HR. 4503
House energy leaders have planned four bills for the debate, starting with H.R. 4503 <http://www.eenews.net/features/bills/108/House/070604090404.pdf>, which Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) introduced to replace H.R. 6 as the comprehensive energy bill.

 

HR. 4517
Another bill of Barton's would expedite the permitting process for the petroleum refining industry in economically depressed areas. The proposal has sparked concerns from environmentalists that it could lead to increased air pollution.  The new bill,

H.R. 4517<http://www.eenews.net/features/bills/108/House/070604175701.pdf> ,
would give the Energy Department the ability to establish "refinery revitalization zones" in areas with an unemployment rate 20 percent above the national average, as well as either a closed refinery or 50 or more layoffs in a major manufacturer. DOE would have the lead role in
coordinating permitting and environmental reviews, with final decisions on a permit made in most cases within six months of an application's formal submission.

HR. 451

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.

We need to flood congressional offices, both Republican and Democrat, with phone calls and faxes now!





 








 

 

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