Taking advantage of the public's preoccupation with an impending war in Iraq, the Bush administration and certain senators are trying once again to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. They know they cannot win an open public debate, so the have attached drilling to a budget bill and plan to vote within a week. Supposedly, the rules of the senate do not permit filibusters of budget bills. Please contact your senators, which you can do at the web sites of many environmental organizations, including NRDC and Sierra Club. Or call the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. This is not the right time to decide this important question. The coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge is home to the last herd of musk oxen on U.S. territory, a nursery for polar bears, and a seasonal destination for hundreds of kinds of birds. Much of the coastal plain to the west is already pockmarked with development and litigating a long series of major and minor oil spills. Please Don't let them trade our last great wilderness for a six month supply of oil!