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LCV Statement Responding to Senate Passage of Budget Reconciliation with Arctic Drilling Provision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683 November 4, 2005  

WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Deb Callahan released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate narrowly passing a budget reconciliation bill that calls for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

"We applaud our friends in the Senate who rejected this backdoor maneuver to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. In particular, we commend Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) for her leadership in attempting to remove the drilling language from the budget bill.  We will make sure that those senators who sided with big oil and against the wishes of their constituents are held accountable.

"Drilling in this natural treasure would not lower gas prices or reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  Although drilling proponents argue that rising gas prices are a reason to drill in the Arctic, even at its peak twenty years from now, drilling there would affect gas prices by only about one penny per gallon.

"Instead of pursuing failed policies of the past, the American public wants real, forward-thinking solutions to our energy problems, such as increasing fuel economy and, with winter approaching, help weatherizing and heating their homes. 

"We urge the House to reject any budget bill that includes drilling in the Arctic Refuge or off our coasts."  

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