On 50th Anniversary of ANWR, Upton Urges President to Open Vast Reserves
Marking the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is urging President Obama to ignore pleas from Senate Democrats to permanently block responsible drilling of ANWR's vast reserves. Upton has been a longtime supporter of drilling in ANWR and supports an "all of the above" approach to fortify the nation's energy needs with American-made energy. Upton and former Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham also made the case today for drilling in ANWR in a joint op-ed for POLITICO.
In the letter to President Obama, Upton wrote, "As ranking Republican on the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, I understand the politics of ANWR very well, and acknowledge that the base of your party is uncomfortable with lifting the moratorium on exploration and production in ANWR. Nevertheless, I urge you to put our nation’s needs ahead of politics, and implore you not to make it impossible to ever explore for natural resources in ANWR."
Upton continued, "Of course, I do not need to remind you that the unemployment rate is too high and our fiscal situation is dire. Opening up ANWR would help alleviate these economic problems, as detailed in an ICF International Study prepared for the American Petroleum Institute published in December of 2008. That study concluded that allowing exploration of ANWR would lead to approximately 62,000 additional jobs in the year 2030 alone. Over the lifetime of an open ANWR, the government revenue would be in excess of $164 billion. Those are real jobs and real revenues, neither of which would be created by increasing the size and scope of the federal government or by further taxing our already over-taxed citizens. I urge you not to permanently block access to the abundant natural resources that lie in ANWR."
A copy of Upton's letter to President Obama can be found HERE.