Religious & Political Leaders Join to Oppose ANWR Drilling

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Published: 08-Feb-2002

WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2002 (ENS) - Religious leaders joined lawmakers Wednesday to oppose legislation that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.

More than two dozen clergy and lay people from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian religious groups were joined by Senator Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat, to voice support for a national energy policy that emphasizes conservation, efficiency and renewable fuels rather than increased oil production.

The religious leaders were on hand to express their theological and religious reasons for opposing Arctic drilling, and to underscore their solidarity with the native Gwich'in people, for whom the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a sacred area they call "The Place Where Life Begins."

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