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NFC: Fw: a message from Robert Redford

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Robert Redford <earthaction at nrdcaction_org>
To: robertrice at juno_com
Date: Fri,  4 May 2001 15:58:38 -0400 (EST)
Subject: a message from Robert Redford
Message-ID: <7635739.989006240531.JavaMail.IWAM_D1NL8B01@bob>

Dear NRDC Earth Activist,

I wanted to pass along to you the following message 
describing my feelings about President Bush's plan to drill 
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the urgent need for 
us to fight back. As an NRDC Earth Action subscriber you've 
most likely already taken action on behalf of our Arctic 
wilderness -- and I thank you. Now, please do me the great 
favor of forwarding my message to everyone you know -- your 
friends, family, co-workers, discussion groups -- 
encouraging them to join us in this critical battle.

Sincerely yours,
Robert Redford


Dear Friend,

I've never circulated this kind of email before. But I am so 
appalled by President Bush's plan to open up the Arctic 
National Wildlife Refuge to massive oil development that I 
feel I must do whatever I can to help stop it.

To me, the Arctic Refuge represents everything spectacular 
and everything endangered about America's natural heritage: 
a million years of ecological serenity . . . vast expanses 
of untouched wilderness . . . an irreplaceable sanctuary for 
polar bears, white wolves and 130,000 caribou that return 
here each year to give birth and rear their young. For 
20,000 years -- literally hundreds of generations -- the 
native Gwich'in people have inhabited this sacred place, 
following the caribou herd and leaving the awe-inspiring 
landscape just as they found it. Our own presidents going 
back to Eisenhower have kept a bipartisan promise to 
safeguard this world-class natural treasure. But not THIS 
president. It is a sad day indeed when our president and 
congressional leaders would sacrifice America's largest 
wildlife refuge for the sake of a possible six-month supply 
of national energy. A six-month supply! We could save that 
little oil by improving the fuel efficiency of cars and 
light trucks by a mere one mile per gallon.

Only one group of Americans will benefit from the 
destruction of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge: the oil giants. 
Everyone else loses. Arctic wildlife populations will 
decline, the Gwich'in people will see their land marred by 
pipelines and poisoned by oil spills, you and I will become 
even more dependent on oil, and the planet will suffer 
catastrophic global warming from the burning of even more 
fossil fuel.

Unless we get millions of Americans to lodge a protest right 
now, this nightmarish scenario may well come to pass in the 
next two months. The Republican energy bill, which would 
fulfill the president's promise to drill the Arctic Refuge, 
is moving through Congress today. House and Senate leaders 
may also try to sneak through the Arctic drilling provision 
by attaching it to a "must-pass" appropriations bill. These 
votes will be decided by the moderates in both parties. We 
must reach those moderates and hold them accountable.

Here's what you can do: go to 

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has set up this 
new website to make it extremely easy for you to send 
messages of protest to your senators and represenative. It 
will take you only a minute.

I've been on NRDC's board for 25 years, so I know how 
effective they are at waging and winning environmental 
campaigns. Last year, NRDC used web activism to help 
generate a million messages of protest to Mitsubishi and 
stopped the company from destroying the last unspoiled 
birthing ground of the Pacific gray whale.

We'll win this time too if each of us does our part for the 
Arctic Refuge. Please visit 
http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic right now. And forward my 
message to your family, friends and colleagues. Congress 
cannot ignore millions of us.

If we let them plunder our greatest wildlife refuge for the 
sake of oil company profits, then no piece of our natural 
heritage is safe from destruction. Please go to 
http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic and help keep the Arctic 
wild and free.

Sincerely yours,
Robert Redford


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