Message Number: 107
From: Lisa Hsu <lisashoe Æ>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 13:24:07 -0500
Subject: Fwd: In 24-48 hours
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From: John Kerry  
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 12:13:03 -0500
Subject: In 24-48 hours
To: kerry Æ


Dear Lisa, 

We have only 24 to 48 hours to try and save the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge.

The Republicans are trying to sneak legislation through the Senate
approving oil drilling and they are incredibly close to winning. We
have to stop them.

I am joining with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) in offering a
critical amendment to stop this sneak attack on our environment. We
will fight on the floor of the Senate, but we need you by our side.

There are seven key Republican Senators whose votes will decide the
future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Before they vote, we
need to make sure they know that their constituents are watching, and
that they will not be able to support drilling without anybody

Here are two critical steps we can take together to support our
amendment to protect this National Wildlife Refuge: 1. Join the
Citizens' Roll Call

First of all, take part in a massive fast-moving display of citizen
support for the Arctic Refuge. Sign our Cantwell-Kerry Citizens' Roll
Call now. 

To make our Citizens' Roll Call impossible to ignore, we have alerted
the media, environmental advocates and my fellow Senators to a
scrolling display of the names and home towns of the roll call
signers. It is posted on our website, where we hope to
soon add your name and a running tally of the number of citizens on
our Citizens' Roll Call. 2. Bring the fight to the home states of the
seven senators

We need to launch emergency online advertising campaigns in the home
states of those seven critical senators: Senator Coleman (MN), Senator
Smith (OR), Senator Specter (PA), Senator Martinez (FL), Senator Lugar
(IN), and Senators Gregg and Sununu (NH).

We need your help to bring our Save the Arctic Refuge message home in
these six states. Help us fund an emergency ad campaign to make sure
they know how strongly the people they represent feel about protecting
the Arctic. Please make an emergency donation right now. 

When Senator Cantwell, myself and other Senators stand up in support
of the Cantwell-Kerry Amendment, we will have powerful arguments on
our side. (I have recapped some of those arguments at the end of this
email message)

But, to win, we need to be able to report directly to our Senate
colleagues that massive numbers of citizens around the country - and
in their own states - are rising up to demand that the Senate protect
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

That's why your immediate signature is so critical. 

The Bush Administration and its oil industry allies want to send a
message that they can drill for oil wherever and whenever they want to
- even if it means targeting a place as striking, pristine and
irreplaceable as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

They don't care about putting America on a genuine path to energy
independence. If they did, they'd support efforts to increase energy
conservation and to create clean, renewable sources of energy that no
terrorist can sabotage and no foreign government can seize.

Let me be very direct with you. It is going to take an immediate and
impossible-to-ignore display of grassroots support to stop them.
That's why your decision to sign our Cantwell-Kerry Amendment
Citizens' Roll Call is so crucial.

Thank you for acting quickly on this vital request. 

John Kerry 

P.S. Senator Cantwell, who comes from a state in the heart of the
Pacific Northwest, has - at considerable political risk - courageously
stepped forward to join me in leading this fight. We need you to help
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's 19 million acres comprise one of
the last places on earth where an intact expanse of arctic and sub
arctic lands remains protected.
Drilling in the Arctic Refuge can't make even a small dent in meeting
America's energy needs. U.S. Geological Survey scientists estimate
that there is very likely only enough oil to supply America's needs
for six months. And oil companies admit that, even that, won't be
available for at least 10 years.
An irreplaceable natural treasure, the Arctic Refuge is home to
caribou, polar bears, grizzly bears, wolves, golden eagles, snow geese
and more. Millions of other birds use the Arctic Refuge to nest and as
a critical staging area on their migratory journeys.
Of course, the Arctic Refuge supports more than wildlife. For a
thousand generations, the Gwich'in people of Northeast Alaska and
Northwest Canada have depended on it and lived in harmony with it. To
them, the Arctic Coastal Plain is sacred ground.

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