March 15, 2005
Dear Mrs. White:
Thank you for contacting me about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). I appreciate hearing from you. It is helpful to know that you oppose drilling in ANWR.
At this time, I believe that it is not necessary to drill in ANWR. Improving energy efficiency; conservation; encouraging the development and use of fuel-cell technology and renewables, such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy; and increasing automobile fuel economy standards are much better solutions to meeting the long term energy needs of California and the rest of the United States.
That is why on January 30, 2003, I re-introduced the "Automobile Fuel Economy Act" (S. 255). Once fully enacted, S. 255 would require light trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to meet the same fuel efficiency standards that passenger cars do today. This bill would also require the federal fleet of cars and trucks to meet a higher fuel economy standard than currently required.
Closing the ASUV loophole@ would prevent 240 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year, save one million barrels of oil a day (which is much more oil than is projected to be in ANWR), and reduce our dependence on foreign oil imports by ten percent. Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me.
I value your opinion and I hope you will continue to keep in touch on issues important to you. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. staff.
United States Senator