1993 Scorecard Vote
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge faces an uncertain future. Congress continues to equivocate over protecting this 1.5 million-acre coastal plain in the northeastern comer of Alaska. The oil and gas industries argue that the Arctic Refuge should be made available for oil and gas leasing, development, and production. Conservationists argue that it should be designated as wilderness to preserve the unique character of the area and protect the habitat of 180,000 Porcupine caribou, among many other species. Wilderness protection for the Arctic Refuge is a top priority for environmentalists nationwide.
Sen. William Roth (R-DE) has introduced the Arctic National Wildlife Protection Act, S. 39, to accomplish this. The League of Conservation Voters has included cosponsorship of Roth's bill as an important pro-environmental action. Currently, 27 senators are cosponsors.