WASHINGTON, DC - In response to Senator Joseph Lieberman’s introduction of legislation to permanently designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a protected wilderness area, League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement:
“Today, Senator Lieberman and his cosponsors signaled a new era of environmental policymaking on Capitol Hill. With the introduction of this bill, Congress is building momentum to permanently protect one of America’s great natural treasures.
Designating the refuge as a national wilderness area would protect it from direct development, but global warming continues to threaten this region as it threatens our security and way of life. This bill is a bold and auspicious start to the 111th session, but it is only the beginning.
LCV looks forward to working with Congress and the Obama Administration to permanently protect pristine lands across the country while investing in clean energy that will both reinvigorate our economy and protect the Arctic, the nation, and the world from the threat of global warming.”
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