We managed to hold off oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge all through Tha Bush Mobb's tenure in power, but a few Senators are trying to open up ANWR again, even though ANWR is home to the areas where the caribou and polar bear and musk oxen raise their young, even though our best estimates back in the day told us that drilling for the oil underneath the reserve would barely affect either our oil supply or our gas prices. That leaves only one motive to drill: to make oil corporation CEOs rich, a motive which, sadly, too many of our Congressfolk find persuasive, especially when it guarantees big oil corporate donations to their campaigns. But along comes S. 1695, a Maria Cantwell (D-WA)/Mark Kirk (R-IL) production, which would designate the Coastal Plain of the ANWR as wilderness, meaning no oil drillers could ever go in there and tear up the land just to make a few bucks. I guess S. 1695's opponents would argue JOBZ!!!!! But these are mostly folks who make a living slashing jobs to boost their own profits, so you can safely ignore them -- or point out that there is, in fact, more than one industry that employs people in America. The Alaska Wilderness League helps you tell your Senators to support S. 1695, and keep the ANWR Coastal Plain safe for wildlife.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Sentencing Commission held a hearing on sentencing retroactivity last week, hearing from (among others) federal judges, the U.S. Probation Office, and the Department of Justice, with the third entity, naturally, offering the most pushback. But drug sentences have been too high for almost everyone for a very long time, and increasing punishment while ignoring rehabilitation is absurd, since the people whose addictions have robbed them of their freedom are the least likely to be deterred by more punishment. And given the increasing privatization of our prisons over the last few decades, you have to wonder if that was the idea all along -- that is, if "tough on crime" politicians conceived of higher sentences for drug users as a way of delivering more prisoners, and thus more taxpayer money, to crony private prison corporations. I mean, I hate to think so little of people, but sometimes I can't help it. But Americans across the political spectrum have wearied of bigger sentences for everything, so FAMM helps you tell the U.S. Sentencing Commission to apply new drug sentences to old prisoners without limitations. If you have friends and family in prison who would be affected, now's the time to speak up.