Dawne Swick
United States of America

Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the crown jewel of America's refuge system.

Tucked away in the state's remote northeast corner, this 19.6 million acre wildlife sanctuary is an awe-inspiring natural wonder: A sweeping expanse of tundra studded with marshes and lagoons and laced with rivers dramatically situated between the rugged foothills of the Brooks Range and the wide, icy waters of the Beaufort Sea. This pristine place is under threat by an oil industry that sees not its beauty, but its profit-making potential.

Sen. Frank Murkowski(R-AK) is trying to tack one of the most controversial issues in America onto the Defense Authorization Bill. He wants to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the heart of the last great wilderness ecosystem in North America. We, the undersigned, believe this is a mistake because: Any oil found there wouldn't come on line for 10 years; the refuge contains just 6 months supply of oil;
existing fuel-efficient technologies could save more than that; once it's gone, it's gone forever.

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