Petition Roll Call: Please support a petition to stop the American government from further destroying the environment.

• The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 19 million acres comprise one of the last places on earth where an intact expanse of arctic and sub arctic lands remains protected.

• Drilling in the Arctic Refuge can’t make even a small dent in meeting America’s energy needs. U.S. Geological Survey scientists estimate that there is very likely only enough oil to supply America’s needs for six months. And oil companies admit that, even that, won’t be available for at least 10 years.

• An irreplaceable natural treasure, the Arctic Refuge is home to caribou, polar bears, grizzly bears, wolves, golden eagles, snow geese and more. Millions of other birds use the Arctic Refuge to nest and as a critical staging area on their migratory journeys.

• Of course, the Arctic Refuge supports more than wildlife. For a thousand generations, the Gwich’in people of Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada have depended on it and lived in harmony with it. To them, the Arctic Coastal Plain is sacred ground.

A letter from John Kerry sent to a mailing list:

The Republicans are trying to sneak legislation through the Senate approving oil drilling and they are incredibly close to winning. We have to stop them.

I am joining with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) in offering a critical amendment to stop this sneak attack on our environment. We will fight on the floor of the Senate, but we need you by our side.

There are seven key Republican Senators whose votes will decide the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Before they vote, we need to make sure they know that their constituents are watching, and that they will not be able to support drilling without anybody noticing.

The Bush Administration and its oil industry allies want to send a message that they can drill for oil wherever and whenever they want to – even if it means targeting a place as striking, pristine and irreplaceable as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

They don’t care about putting America on a genuine path to energy independence. If they did, they’d support efforts to increase energy conservation and to create clean, renewable sources of energy that no terrorist can sabotage and no foreign government can seize.

George W. Bush and the Washington Republicans have a plan to sell off our public lands to powerful special interests. As a result of their ruthless drive to undermine America’s most beautiful natural treasures, the oil rigs are closer to the Arctic Refuge than they have ever been.

But, the Bush administration’s own scientists and economists admit that the Republicans’ plan will not make us less dependent on foreign oil and will not lower prices at the pump. We have to put America’s energy future in the hands of Americans – by inventing our way to real energy independence and having energy sources that create jobs and lower prices.