"The Senate just passed a bill that lays the groundwork for an all-out assault on wildlife refuges in Alaska. It was both a profound mistake and a troubling precedent as we gird ourselves to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from new threats."
This is pretty sad. Americans reading this and other literature from this group believe that by blocking any oil development in ANWR they are just saving a wild place. They know not the damage to the livelihoods of every day Alaskans that this causes. Not having enough oil flowing through the pipeline has helped create the 3 billion dollar budget shortfall of today. That shortfall cost my family, directly, $3,000 in garnered dividend payout. It cost me my job. It will cost my family $4500 in lost dividend revenue this year, and possibly more in income tax, gasoline tax and increased borough taxes. All so a person in Maryland can look at a picture of ANWR and think "how wonderful that a place like this still exists." Not knowing, that even if a few oil pads are built, all but a couple thousand acres of ANWR will still look exactly as they do today. very, very sad.