For People and Wildlife, There’s Only One Answer to Secure Our Energy Future

from Wildlife Promise

New DirectionIn the coming days, Congress begins voting on a new set of energy bills that if passed will be detrimental for wildlife and the natural resources we all depend on.

The new package of energy legislation under consideration has come together as a product of the efforts of some in Congress who favor a proposal they call “all of the above”–all drilling, everywhere, all the time. If these efforts progress, Big Oil’s scheme would drill the entire U.S. coastline and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

While Big Oil has been spending millions of dollars on public relations campaigns this summer to try and convince Americans that increased and expanded domestic drilling will lower gas prices, the truth is quite simple–increased drilling will have little to NO impact on reducing family fuel costs.

Please remember that even Bush’s own Energy Department admits drilling here and drilling now will not save us any money today, tomorrow or in the near future.

Furthermore, drilling “at home” does nothing to secure domestic energy sources. With only 3 percent of the world’s oil, the United States could drill every national park, wildlife refuge and coastline, and still be importing 60 percent of the oil we use.

Getting our country’s leadership to put America on the path toward a clean energy future is the ONLY answer to solve America’s economic, environmental and energy crisis.

Federal legislation that promotes clean, alternative energy and reduces global warming pollution will reduce our oil imports four times more than drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the Rocky Mountain states, combined.

The clean energy solutions that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are the same technologies that will also solve global warming, clean the air and help protect America’s natural resources for our children’s future.

In the coming weeks, please ensure that you and all your friends send messages into your Members of Congress, urging them to leave the failed energy polices of the past behind and push America’s energy policy in a bold new direction.