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Protect the Environment,
Not Energy Corporation
Profits, Says UE President


Congress must face up to the seriousness of the nation’s energy crisis — and that means challenging the energy corporations, not giving into their environmentally destructive demands, says UE General President John Hovis.

"The Bush-Cheney scheme to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and to encourage oil and gas drilling in other sensitive areas of our country, is no solution," says Hovis in a statement released on the eve of the August 2 vote by the House of Representatives for HR 2436.

UE backs the Markey-Johnson bill (HR 770), which would remove the threat of renewed energy drilling in the ANWR by making it a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System and therefore out of the reach of the energy corporations.


"Ultimately Congress must face up to the reality of our national energy crisis," Hovis says.

"A good start would be to immediately investigate the recent wave of profiteering and price-gouging by the oil, gas, and electricity conglomerates," the UE president suggests. "Congress must also act to promote a national energy strategy to protect both consumers and the environment.

"Progress is possible, but only if our elected lawmakers are willing to confront and challenge the vast and interlocking corporate powers that now dominate our democracy," Hovis says.

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