Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Herb Kohl More Concerned With Ice Than US and the real anwr


Jonah Goldberg's Ugh, Wilderness  The horror of "ANWR." the American elite's favorite hellhole.

Candid Camera, and Gamera Monster movies and the fate of ANWR. Lots of pictures of that precious wilderness.

Vicki's link page 

June 3, 2008

Dear Mr. Torbeck:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me.  I value the correspondence I get from people in Wisconsin, and I welcome this opportunity to address your concerns.
      Our national wildlife refuges were created in 1903 and later expanded by the Roosevelt administration.  Today, our national refuges are threatened because of several laws passed in the 1960s that allowed "secondary activities" on refuges, including oil and gas drilling, timber harvesting, grazing, farming and commercial fishing.

I have been very active in protecting this pristine wilderness from drilling in the past.  Most recently on May 13, 2008, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced an amendment to S. 2284, the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007, which would have allowed for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and off the coasts of the United States. I voted against this proposal and the amendment failed by a vote of 42 to 56. 
      Additionally, I co-sponsored Senator Lieberman's (I-CT) bill, S. 2316, which was introduced on November 7, 2007 that would designate a portion of the ANWR as a wilderness, placing a permanent ban on development.  S. 2316 has been referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works, of which I am not a member.
      Please be assured I continue to support any further efforts to protect the valuable natural resources of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  I oppose drilling for oil and gas in the ANWR because of the irreparable damage that would be done to its fragile ecosystem.  I do not believe short-term economic considerations
should take precedence over the health of the environment.  In addition, it is clear that drilling in ANWR will not provide enough domestic oil supply to minimize the control that OPEC has on the petroleum market.

       Even in these trying times, insulating ourselves from the world prices of oil will not come from increasing domestic production.  We cannot drill ourselves out of our oil dependency, there is simply not enough oil within our borders.  Instead, the U.S. can reduce its vulnerability to oil price shocks by decreasing its demand for oil altogether.  The way to ease the impact of high oil prices on consumers is to give consumers tools to reduce their demand for oil.  Cleary this debate should be about alternative energy sources, and not wasting our time with tapping an oil reserve that will lead to more economic and environmental damage than good.
      Again, thank you for contacting me.  I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this important issue.



                                        Herb Kohl
                                        U.S. Senator



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