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1. THREAT TO ARCTIC REFUGE: Jimmy Carter, religious leaders urge Senate not to drill
2. TOXIC TUNDRA: Lessons to be learned from drilling in Alaska
3. ENERGY SECURITY: Congress should raise fuel economy standards
4. STOP THE SLAUGHTER: Japan plans to double whale kill
5. STATE SECRETS: Report shines light on corporate Trojan Horse in the states
6. PLEASING POLLUTERS: EPA official resigns to protest rollbacks
7. KIDS ESSAY CONTEST: Students writing about black bears, sea otters

1. THREAT TO ARCTIC REFUGE: Jimmy Carter, religious leaders urge Senate not to drill

Former President Jimmy Carter has joined the chorus of those speaking out against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as the Senate debates national energy policy. Carter urged senators to adopt a balanced plan that protects our greatest wildlife sanctuary. And 1,200 leaders of major U.S. religious groups announced their opposition to drilling and called for more conservation and renewable energy. As the Los Angeles Times pointed out in an editorial: "The nation doesn't need a muscle-bound energy policy, it needs a smart one -- one that does not rely so heavily on fossil fuels and fossil thinking." Interior Secretary Gale Norton, meanwhile, repeated her false claim that drilling would impact only 2,000 acres of the refuge. For more about her 2,000-acre hoax, read the column by Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Our efforts are succeeding. Even Big Oil's congressional allies acknowledge they don't yet have enough votes to open the refuge to drilling. Go to to send a free e-mail urging your senators to save the Arctic refuge for future generations. And to spread the word about the danger to America's last great wilderness, send this issue of DENlines to your e-mail address book.

2. TOXIC TUNDRA: Lessons to be learned from drilling in Alaska

Toxic Tundra

While Big Oil claims it can drill in the Arctic refuge in an environmentally friendly manner, a new report by Defenders of Wildlife and the Audubon Society catalogs the disastrous impact of drilling in Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge south of Anchorage. There have been more than 350 spills, fires and explosions, contaminating more than 100,000 tons of soil with toxic chemicals. Scientists have found frogs with crippling deformities. Frogs are considered a "canary in the mine," providing early-warning signals of danger to other wildlife because their porous skin makes them sensitive to environmental changes. Read the report

3. ENERGY SECURITY: Congress should raise fuel economy standards

Raising the fuel efficiency of new cars and SUVs is the single biggest step we can take to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to combat global warming. It would also save many times over the amount of oil ever expected from the Arctic refuge. Energy legislation now being considered by the Senate would raise the current miles-per-gallon standards. But we have learned that some senators from auto-producing states are trying to kill that provision. Learn more

4. STOP THE SLAUGHTER: Japan plans to double whale kill

Japan plans to double the number of whales it kills in the North Pacific each year. Its government has notified the International Whaling Commission that it will kill 50 minke whales and 50 endangered sei whales on top of the 100 minkes it already has been hunting annually. 

Minke Whale
Minke Whale

Japan kills whales under the guise of "scientific research," but the whale meat winds up in gourmet markets and expensive restaurants. To sign our petition urging President Bush to impose economic sanctions against Japan until they stop slaughtering whales, go to

5. STATE SECRETS: Corporate Trojan Horse pushes anti-environmental legislation

If you ever wondered who dreams up some of our laws, there's a new report that helps answer that question. It turns out that major corporations are operating behind-the-scenes in state capitals across the country through a purported "good government" group that pushes industry-friendly legislation. In addition, concludes a just-released report by Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council, this group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, provides gifts and free trips for elected officials and acts as a conduit to get special-interest legislation from corporations, including Enron, to key state legislators. Ask your state legislators whether they belong to ALEC, and read the report


6. PLEASING POLLUTERS: EPA official resigns to protest rollbacks

A senior official with the Environmental Protection Agency has resigned to protest Bush administration attempts to allow heavily polluting power plants to violate the Clean Air Act. In resigning, Eric Schaeffer, a 12-year EPA veteran, said the Bush administration has been kowtowing to the power industry and interfering with EPA efforts to enforce the law. Read Schaeffer's letter laying out the reasons for his resignation. 

As the Bush administration scales back enforcement action against aging coal-fired power plants that are violating the law, researchers in a study published this week have linked long-term exposure to fine particles of air pollution to an increased risk of dying from lung cancer.

7.  KIDS ESSAY CONTEST: Students writing about black bears, sea otters

School children participating in essay contests sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife are learning about the Florida black bear and the California sea otter. Writing about the imperiled species, student essayists are competing for prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 savings bonds. The Black Bear Insurance Co. is donating prize money in Florida. "We felt this contest would be an ideal way not only to encourage students to learn about the bears and sea otters, but also about the important ways that different species depend on one another," said Defenders of Wildlife's education associate, Yvonne Borresen. Learn more.


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DENlines is a bi-weekly update of Defenders of Wildlife, a leading national conservation organization recognized as one of the nation's most progressive advocates for wildlife and its habitat. It is known for its effective leadership on endangered species issues, particularly predators such as brown bears and gray wolves. Defenders also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that protect species before they become endangered. Founded in 1947, Defenders is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with more than 400,000 members and supporters.

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