starman i brought up an excellent point. i see major flaws in the original post:
"President Bush knows full well that oil drilled in the Arctic Refuge would take ten years to get to market"
i would put $100 on it taking less than 1 year from the time the first hole is punched, give modern technology some credit.
"an irreplaceable birthing ground for polar bears, caribou and white wolves."
the major breeding grounds for all these species are in Canada. granted all do in Alaska also but the Artic wild life refuge is FAR from the only place in Alaska.
"By unlocking the Arctic Refuge, they hope to open the door for oil, gas and coal giants to invade our last and best wild places: our western canyonlands, our ancient forests, our coastal waters, even our national monuments"
the LARGEST complaint by far on this i can think of is two issues here in Montana, Looging and coal bed methane. the coal bed methane is by and large on private property and no one is allowed to drill for it and i think they should. on logging. it needs to be done selectivly. forrest fires to day are not the same as 100 years ago. why? cause we dont allow fires to burn anymore. so fuel keeps building up so when one starts it burns so hot that it kills the trees when it didnt used to.
i generally hate organizations like this. they are only giving you half truths and the public by and large are taking them as full truths. we jsut went through a whole thread on President Bush lieing to the general public. well this organization giving half truths is the same in my book. sign the petion if yah want to. it makes more difference to me but i am being honest when i say your efforts are better spent demanding less dependance on foriegn oil by demanding more ethonal being mixed with the gasoline. its enviromentally friendly. it creates more jobs for US citizens, it creates a better market for "junk grain"(i can go more into this if yah wish but it will mean better money for small time farmers, not just big corporations) ethonal is the best bet twords energy independance not hydrogen fuels that eco-minded individuals are screaming about because it uses existing technology that is widly and currently availible. and this whole argument of mine relates DIRECTLY to the opening of the Artic wildlife refuge Starman.