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National Resources Defebse Council ^ | 5/14/12 | Beinecke

Posted on 05/14/2012 6:20:30 PM PDT by pabianice

The Obama Administration is considering a management plan for the Western Arctic Reserve that would protect vital habitat for caribou, polar bears, beluga whales and millions of migratory birds. Help save this natural treasure from oil and gas drilling!

We have a rare opportunity right now to save a vast Arctic wilderness from rampant oil development -- forever.

For the first time ever, the Obama Administration is considering a comprehensive management plan for Alaska’s Western Arctic Reserve that would protect key wildlife habitat from destructive oil and gas development.

Tell the Bureau of Land Management to safeguard the Reserve’s most special areas from industrialization.

The Western Arctic Reserve is less well-known than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but its different wildlife populations are every bit as spectacular and endangered.

Since the Western Arctic Reserve was set aside as a “National Petroleum Reserve” almost a century ago, it remains one of our continent’s most extraordinary -- and threatened -- expanses of wilderness.

It includes the prized Teshekpuk Lake region, which provides critical calving grounds for a large caribou herd that is essential to the Inupiat way of life, as well as summer habitat for polar bears. A staggering variety of birds also take refuge in these wetlands, some migrating from as far south as Antarctica.

Along the northwestern coast of the Western Arctic Reserve, up to 3,500 beluga whales gather in the Kasegaluk Lagoon every year to feed and bear their young.

One of the options now being considered by the Bureau of Land Management could permanently protect 11 million acres of the Reserve from being turned into an oil and gas wasteland.

Urge the Bureau of Land Management to adopt Alternative B and grant the Western Arctic Reserve the strong protection it urgently needs and deserves.

Thank you for taking action to keep the Arctic wild and free.

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council


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23.5 million acres of moonscape with scatterings of scrub, birds, and moose. Of course the tree-kissers want to lock it up forever so they can congratulate one another at $40,000/plate Obama Campaign dinners. We will suffer for their actions.
1 posted on 05/14/2012 6:20:34 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

to NRDC: Horseshit with a Capital “H”.

There are no problems with other oil pipeline facilities and wildlife. From the photos I’ve seen, the elk/caribou and foxes, etc. are happier and safer there than in downtown LA or Chicago.

NRDC: GFYS!


2 posted on 05/14/2012 6:27:25 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: pabianice

But let’s build more wind farms even though they kill thousands of endangered birds.


3 posted on 05/14/2012 6:27:25 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: pabianice

DRILL BABY DRILL!!!


4 posted on 05/14/2012 6:32:19 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: pabianice

How about conservatives writing the Bureau of Land Management to tell them to keep their paws off OUR oil? Why should they only hear from the Leftists who want to fly to conferences in the least efficient mode of transportation and tell the rest of us we have to “sacrifice”?


5 posted on 05/14/2012 6:34:42 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: pabianice

Oh, yeah, let’s save the place on the planet which only a handful of people will ever see... Oh, wait, it wouldn’t be destroyed in the first place. The most ‘stunning’ places, and mind, they are pretty far and few between, are even less accessible and absent a sudden and very interesting mineral discovery, will likely remained untouched for all of eternity.

Because it’s all about saving the fox (pest), the caribou (good eats), migratory birds (they’ll fly somewhere else), and...insects. So many insects that this is another big reason why no one lives there - you can breathe your meals. Just inhale, you’ll get plenty of insect protein.


6 posted on 05/14/2012 6:35:12 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: pabianice

This danger is totally happening in some liberals minds..
The danger is not only not happening, its not possible..
Very few animals exist there.. and even then for a couple of months during the year..
for 8 months its 50/60 below zero..


7 posted on 05/14/2012 6:37:58 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: thackney

Ping.


8 posted on 05/14/2012 7:08:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: pabianice
We have a rare opportunity right now to save a vast Arctic wilderness from rampant oil development -- forever.

No, fruitcakes.
You can't freeze anything forever, for good or ill.
But thanks for the warning. The Bureau of Land Management will hear from me.

9 posted on 05/14/2012 7:18:27 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: pabianice
We have a rare opportunity right now to save a vast Arctic wilderness from rampant oil development -- forever.

No, fruitcakes.
You can't freeze anything forever, for good or ill.
But thanks for the warning. The Bureau of Land Management will hear from me.

10 posted on 05/14/2012 7:18:40 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: beethovenfan

Let’s not forget the desert full of solar panels that will kill off the already endangered tortoise. The greens are all for killing wildlife when it’s an unproductive green energy project. They are trying to push us back into the dark ages.


11 posted on 05/14/2012 8:30:10 PM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: beethovenfan

Let’s not forget the desert full of solar panels that will kill off the already endangered tortoise. The greens are all for killing wildlife when it’s an unproductive green energy project. They are trying to push us back into the dark ages.


12 posted on 05/14/2012 8:30:27 PM PDT by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: pabianice

I hope Alaska secedes from the union before they allow that.


13 posted on 05/14/2012 8:37:56 PM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: pabianice

These animals aren’t near where they want to drill and it has been proven that animals can co exist with oil drilling.


14 posted on 05/14/2012 8:48:31 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty
1. The land where drilling will actually take place is miniscule relative the the whole state of Alaska. It's flat, windswept and desolate. 2 The oil companies will probably do lateral drilling, which require minimal impact on the land surface. 3. Worried about animal life? There's not much up there except some migrating caribou. I've seen pictures of caribou actually walking on the pipeline to get above the insect infested tundra. The flies lay they eggs under the caribou skin and make the animal very sick as the eggs hatch and the larvae chew their way out. Ain't nature wonderful?
15 posted on 05/14/2012 9:40:16 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: pabianice
The Obama Administration is considering a management plan for the Western Arctic Reserve that would protect vital habitat for caribou, polar bears, beluga whales and millions of migratory birds. Help save this natural treasure from oil and gas drilling!

Why is the caribou population greater today than before the Alaskan Pipeline? The answer is really very simple. The Alaskan Caribou share a common trait with all mammals. They like to ---- have sex. The like to ---- where it is warm. It is warm next to the Alaskan pipeline. When little caribou are born they like being close to the Alaskan pipeline. The reason they like it is that Caribou as opposed to left wing environmentalists know that freezing your ass off in a winter that is 6 months long with little daylight sucks.

If you do not think that winter is 6 months long on the North Slope, I would suggest you camp out for one night at point Barrow on the first day of spring in your shirt sleeves and no sleeping bag or tent. You will be perfectly preserved (actually frozen) until the polar bears eat you. If you are lucky you will be dead and frozen. However they will probably take you alive.

16 posted on 05/14/2012 10:01:18 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: ArmyTeach

Yep


17 posted on 05/14/2012 10:05:50 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: pabianice

The Western Arctic Reserve will be endangered as long as there is oil there.

Solution:
The sooner the oil is removed, the sooner the area will be out of danger.


18 posted on 05/14/2012 11:23:16 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Army Air Corps
I was trying to figure out: "Where the heck is the Western Arctic Reserve." Then I read this:

It includes the prized Teshekpuk Lake region

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

The "Reserve" they are avoiding to name is the NPRA.

National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska.

I guess I shouldn't laugh, they played this game with ANWR and won so far.

The only reason ANWR was enlarged to its current massive size, is the coastal plain was set aside for petroleum exploration. After the bill passed, they ignored the petroleum part.

Now they are trying to do the same with NRPA, claiming it as a wildlife reserve, rather than the Petroleum Reserve for which it was set aside. It was originally for Navy Fuel, named Naval Petroleum Reserve Number 4. The name later changed to it's present name in 1976.

Teshekpuk Lake is in the Northeast, right under R-23 on the map below:


19 posted on 05/15/2012 5:28:56 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: cpdiii
If you do not think that winter is 6 months long on the North Slope,

The average temperature is below freezing for nearly 8 months, from the end of September to mid May.

http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/PAKU/2011/5/15/CustomHistory.html?dayend=15&monthend=5&yearend=2012&req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA


20 posted on 05/15/2012 5:40:57 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: clearcarbon
The Western Arctic Reserve will be...

Please do not call it that. It is a new name made up by environmentalists trying to change its designation.

It is the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska or NPRA.

Thanks!

21 posted on 05/15/2012 5:43:31 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: pabianice
I'm sitting in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field typing this. The Caribou like the rock pads the oil wells are on, keeps them out of the mosquitos. The Musk Ox hang around the oil field because fewer bears are here. If the bears are threatening people they get a bean bag in the butt and are sent running.

The red and white fox are abundant in the oil field. The geese, swans and HUGE sea gulls just showed up for breeding season.

As I can tell, if anything, the wild life LIKE the oil field...

22 posted on 05/15/2012 4:26:14 PM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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