1988 Scorecard Vote
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) has introduced H.R. 1082, which would authorize the Secretary of Interior to lease the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration, development, and production. The bill was strongly opposed by conservationists (see the previous vote for details on the value of the Arctic Refuge). The exploration itself would cause extensive construction and damage to wildlife. There are other oil fields on or off the coast of Alaska which are available for drilling but which have not yet been tapped, such as West Sak near Prudoe Bay, which contains about 20 billion barrels of oil.
Co-sponsorship of this bill is being counted as an anti-environmental position. House members who have not co-sponsored this bill by September 1988 get credit for a pro-environmental position.