Here’s the text of the e-mail sent from NAM President John Engler to all NAM \members today. Not the link at the end that will enable you to contact your Senators and Members of Congress on this most important issue:
I’m writing to ask your help as Congress prepares to cast important votes on energy — specifically from Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) — as part of the FY 2006 budget reconciliation package.
The Senate begins 20 hours of floor consideration of the budget reconciliation package today. The ANWR provision will help address our nation’s energy needs and raise $2.5 billion in federal revenue over five years. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) seeks to strike the ANWR provision from the bill using the “Byrd Rule,” which prevents inclusion of non-germane provisions in reconciliation bills. We strongly oppose the Cantwell amendment, and urge the Senate to reaffirm its narrow endorsement of ANWR from last March when it rejected an effort to remove it from the budget process by a 49-51 vote (www.nam.org/energy). That vote was a breakthrough after years of effort.
ANWR energy and OCS leasing are also included in the House version of the budget reconciliation bill, which the House Budget Committee will take up later this week. The OCS provision allows states the ability to opt-out of the federal moratoria on OCS leasing. The Florida and New Jersey delegations are a source of concern. The budget resolution cleared the House by a slim 214 to 211 vote (www.nam.org/energy), and environmental activists have concentrated hard on GOP moderates. Members who oppose ANWR but voted for the overall budget resolution last spring are key.
For three decades, our government has discouraged environmentally responsible energy development. Recent events and surging natural gas and oil prices have shown that we no longer enjoy that luxury.
I urge you to send a message to your members of Congress, supporting our country’s ability to access its domestic energy reserves in ANWR and OCS. You can do so via the NAM Web site at: www.nam.org/energysupplies. Thank you for your support.
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