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Drilling for Oil and Gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge No. 348

Adopted 2001
Reaffirmed 2002
Amended 2003
Amended 2004
Reaffirmed 2005
Amended 2006
Reaffirmed 2007
         The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is the largest refuge of its kind in the United States. It is home to polar bears, caribou, grizzlies, and millions of migratory birds. If oil and gas drilling goes forward in the Refuge, the oil extracted will not be available for at least ten years and will be sufficient for only a six month supply for the energy users of the United States at the current rate of usage. This small resource is not worth the assault on the natural habitat of so many species.
          On March 17th 2005, the Senate rejected a refuge drilling provision from the 2006 budget. ADA supports the blocking of any bill to open the wildlife refuge to drilling.
         An improvement in efficiency such as increasing the average vehicle fuel efficiency standard by one mile per gallon can save the same amount of oil, while preserving a beautiful and important remaining piece of American wilderness. 
         Dwindling numbers and varieties of animals and plants must not be sacrificed for the interests of corporate profit. Our government should concentrate its efforts on the development of alternative fuel sources, rather than exploiting more land for oil production. Americans for Democratic Action opposes all bills and executive orders allowing oil exploration or drilling in ANWR.
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No. 348
Energy, Environment and Economic Commission