For clean energy

The Senate is now debating energy policy, and the stakes are huge.

We need our senators to support an energy bill that secures our energy future while protecting our precious public lands, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Enron/oil-backed Bush Administration is again trying to push a bill through the senate to despoil our environment and natural wilderness areas.

This energy bill would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling; give tens of billions in taxpayer subsidies to the energy industry; make no substantial increase in car or SUV fuel economy.

By using more renewable energy like wind and solar power, and making America's cars and SUVs go farther on a gallon of gas, we can create more jobs and reduce our dependence on oil. With these measures we could be on the path toward a clean energy future, a healthy economy, and greater national security.

Cindy Ingram

Hood River

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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"

‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge

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