Earth Day Volunteers

The United States Senate will be poised to take a vote on the proposed budget bill near the end of this month. Environmentalists are saying one of the measures in the bill could eventually pollute Florida's shores.

It's actually the day after Earth Day, but Daniel Rossman is still using it to springboard into telling Tallahassee residents about oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

“It's critical for Floridians to stop drilling from happening in the Artic Refuge because we want to make a stand. We don't want to set a precedent that would allow drilling off our Florida coasts in the future," said Daniel Rossman with the Florida Public Interest Research Group.

To prevent oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge, volunteers with the Florida Public Interest Research Group are going door to door asking people to sign postcards. The postcards urge senators to vote against the budget bill, which contains the provision on Arctic Refuge drilling, but not everyone agrees with their stance.

"It's kind of a tough issue because a lot of people feel that we need to drill, but most people I find agree with us," shared Rachel McDonnough with the Florida Public Interest Research Group.

Rossman says the U.S. Senate will vote on the budget bill with in the next couple of weeks.

"So we want to make sure they know about the constituents that care about the environment here in Florida," added Rossman.

Organizers say part of their mission is to make people aware of the issue. The Florida Public Interest Research Group says they will send all of the signed postcards they collect to Florida's U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Bob Martinez.