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Murray Helps Defeat Arctic Drilling

Apr 18 2002

Statement by Senator Murray

"Today the U.S. Senate defeated an amendment to the Energy bill calling for oil exploration in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I have always been opposed to drilling in ANWR, and I was proud to vote against this irresponsible and short-term fix to our complex energy crisis. It's a 19th century solution to a 21st century problem.

Those who support drilling in ANWR wrongly argue that oil exploration will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. As a nation, the only way to become less dependant on foreign oil is to become less dependant on oil overall.

The responsible way to address our energy problems is to focus on long term solutions like reducing our need for oil, and investing in clean, renewable energy sources.

If this Administration is serious about decreasing our need for foreign oil it must work to increase the fuel economy of our cars and light trucks, expand the use of domestically produced renewable and alternative fuels, increase the energy efficiency of our offices and homes and invest in emerging technologies like fuel cells and solar electric cars.

Today the Senate sent a message to the White House that drilling for oil and gas at ANWR is not forward thinking. The oil reserves in ANWR, and in fact, the oil reserves in the entire United States, are not enough to significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil."