The Senate is contemplating S. 3203, the so-called Alaska Economic Development and Access to Resources Act, which would allow new drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (or ANWR) and the Arctic Ocean. What are the problems with these plans again? Roll call! Drilling for oil in ANWR won't yield very much oil! Drilling for oil in the Arctic is even harder than drilling in the Gulf! ANWR provides clean drinking water to good Alaskans! ANWR is sacred ground to the Gwich'in people! ANWR provides an environment for polar bears and caribou! OK, so it's not as snappy as the Mousketeer roll call, but it is all true -- more economic development in ANWR and the Arctic Ocean will do nothing for good Alaskans, but will make a few oil corporation CEOs a bit richer. Remember the days when Sen. Stevens would wear his Hulk tie to the Senate whenever an ANWR drilling bill came up? Sen. Stevens is gone, God rest him, but his dream of tearing up land all good Alaskans need so that a few CEOs can make a bit more money is, sadly, still with us. So the Alaska Wilderness League helps you tell your Senators to reject ANWR and Arctic Ocean drilling.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the Department of Justice to stop the proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger, then CREDO still helps you do that. Allowing Bayer to buy Monsanto will allow Bayer to completely disappear the hated name of Monsanto while still carrying on all the nefarious works that have given Monsanto its bad name -- which include, but are certainly not limited to, crushing farmers who don't adhere to Monsanto's absurdly strict seed contracts and making more and more farmers dependent on toxic pesticides and genetically-modified food. It gets worse: if Bayer gets to buy Monsanto, the resulting behemoth would control 70 percent of the world's cotton seed, and if the equally nefarious Dow-DuPont merger also goes through, the result would be four corporations controlling 90 percent of the world's seeds and crop chemicals, and no power should be that concentrated. The world's food supply depends on diversity and availability, after all -- and corporate power squashes diversity and availability. Civilized people don't put power before food.