MARCH 18, 2003
of Women Voters
Lyndsey Farrington, 202-263-1332
Arctic Oil Drilling Not Good Energy Policy:
League Opposes Drilling;
Proposal Should be Debated Separately from Budget
- 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,"
"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.
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
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