Target: Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Goal: Don’t open millions of acres of federally-protected wilderness areas to mining, drilling, and logging.
Millions of acres of pristine wilderness may soon be open for business for developers to mine, drill, and log if a proposal introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski is made law. This would irrevocably harm America’s lands and endanger countless animals. Demand that this amendment be dropped immediately.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska and chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was upset about President Obama’s recent proposal to federally protect her state’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling it “a stunning attack on [Alaska’s] sovereignty.” In retaliation, she has introduced an amendment to the Keystone Pipeline bill the Senate is considering that would open 27 million acres of Bureau of Land Management- and Fish and Wildlife Service-managed land in the lower 48 states and Alaska to mining, drilling, and logging. This is would spell environmental disaster for these lands and the wildlife that live in them, and ensure that future generations would not be able to enjoy them in the way that they deserve.
The prioritization of clean energy and environmental conservation over fossil fuels and destructive economic development is something that, apparently, is too much to be expected of the person in charge of the Senate committee dedicated to energy and natural resource policy. Sign the petition below to demand that Senator Murkowski abandon this horrible amendment.
Dear Senator Murkowski,
I am writing you today regarding an amendment that you recently introduced to the Keystone Pipeline bill that you and your colleagues are currently considering. I am extremely alarmed to see a proposal to open 27 million acres of federal land to energy extraction gain any sort of traction in our legislature.
As the chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I would have hoped that you would understand that the answer to America’s energy demand is not more coal and oil and wood, but clean, sustainable energy like wind and solar. Apparently you do not, though, if this amendment is any indication. You would rather pillage the land and destroy countless environments for years to come than face that fact. Not only that, but introducing this amendment just to shoot back at the president for “infringing on your state’s sovereignty” by proposing to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as you have been accused of, is downright shameful. The welfare of the United States and, indeed, the planet, is not some pawn you can employ at will.
Keep the Earth out of your petty political grudge matches. These 27 million acres are protected for a reason, and they should remain that way. I demand that you abandon this regressive amendment at once.
[Your Name Here]
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