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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 18, 2003
11:17 AM
CONTACT:  League of Women Voters
Lyndsey Farrington, 202-263-1332
Email: lfarrington@lwv.org;
Arctic Oil Drilling Not Good Energy Policy: League Opposes Drilling;
Proposal Should be Debated Separately from Budget
 
WASHINGTON - March 18 - The League of Women Voters announced today that it is opposed to oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "The League is especially concerned that the Budget Resolution is being used in the attempt to open the Refuge to drilling," stated Kay J. Maxwell, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States. "This is bad policy and bad procedure," she said.

"The need for energy security does not justify oil drilling in this pristine environment. This irreplaceable natural resource must be protected for the benefit of future generations. Experts agree that the best way to increase energy security is through energy efficiency," noted Maxwell. Modest fuel efficiency improvements for motor vehicles alone would save approximately five times the amount of oil estimated to be under the Arctic Refuge.

"U.S. Senators should not cloak drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as energy policy. This is a significant policy issue that must be openly debated, not slipped into an unrelated bill," concluded Maxwell.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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