According to Arctic Power board member Mike Navarre this is a critical time for Alaskans to help support the effort to open ANWR for environmentally safe oil and gas exploration.
"The President's energy bill has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now up before the U.S. Senate and is part of President Bush's energy package. Hopefully we'll see it up for a vote this year, but that's why this is such a critical time for us to unite if we are to be successful," Navarre told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.
Arctic Power is the grass roots organization formed years ago to lead the effort on behalf of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration. The group is on the stump to raise $250,000 to fund what they hope will be the final effort necessary to open ANWR. "Historically, the pioneering spirit of Alaska has always prevailed; when we pull together, we are successful. We only have to look at the statehood campaign, the lands claim act, the authorization of the Trans Alaska pipeline for examples of what motivated Alaskans can accomplish," said Navarre.
In addition to financial contributions Arctic Power is urging Alaskans to contact U.S. Senators of other states to express their support of opening ANWR. For more information on the campaign to open the Coastal Plain contact Arctic Power at www.anwr.org or call 274-2697 with any questions.
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