Give Peace, and Clean Energy, A Chance
As The Planet went to press, the United States had just begun an attack on Iraq. Here's the March 17 statement of Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope: "The Sierra Club opposes the impending military attack on Iraq by the United States. We believe that the best course of action is disarmament through the United Nations' authorized inspections and weapons destruction process. No matter the duration or outcome of this conflict, however, we will find ourselves in the same situation once again if the United States and other nations fail to recognize that continued dependence on oil and other fossil fuels is a significant de-stabilizing influence in international affairs. The Sierra Club therefore reaffirms its urgent call for the United States to move to a clean-energy economy using energy-efficient technologies and renewable power." For more information, go to www.sierraclub.org.
Senate Votes Down Attempt to Drill Arctic!
In a backdoor attempt to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, the Bush administration slipped into the pending federal budget bill $2.15 billion in expected revenues from leasing and development of the Arctic Refuge. But despite heavy lobbying by the administration and the oil industry, an amendment to remove the drilling revenues from the budget bill prevailed by a vote of 52-48 on March 19.
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