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Don’t let the Trump administration open up the Arctic Refuge to drilling

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It’s no secret that the Trump administration will stop at nothing—not even the law—to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

A leaked memo reveals that the Trump administration wants to change existing law to allow the use of seismic blasts and underground shock waves to explore for oil in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—its biological heart—and now it is trying to get Congress to open the Refuge to drilling.

The single time that oil exploration was allowed in the past, seismic equipment scarred the beautiful landscape of the Coastal Plain for decades. If allowed again, this activity could also be harmful to wildlife such as denning polar bears.

For years, Earthjustice has partnered with other groups to protect the Refuge, and we will continue to defend it from unlawful illegal attempts to open it up for oil and gas development.

The Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to hundreds of iconic species, including caribou, polar bears, Arctic foxes, and migratory birds from all 50 states. The indigenous Gwich’in people—whose way of life has for millennia depended on the caribou that calve there each summer—call the 1.5 million acre Coastal Plain the “sacred place where life begins.”

For decades, the Arctic Refuge has been at the center of a political tug-of-war between those who want it protected permanently and others pushing to open it for fossil fuel development. Yet each time drilling proponents have tried to open up the Coastal Plain, they’ve failed. That’s because the majority of Americans want this special place permanently protected as wilderness.

The Refuge now faces another threat from President Trump: in a backdoor attempt to subvert the will of the American public, he has proposed a budget that calls on Congress to raise revenue by drilling on the Coastal Plain—and now some members of Congress have added a provision in this year’s budget to make this happen. Write your members of Congress now to urge them to keep the Arctic Refuge out of the budget process.

Drilling in the Arctic Refuge should be excluded from any budget proposal. It is irresponsible to put such a dangerous provision in legislation that should be used to fund the agencies and programs that protect our air, water, health and climate. We cannot and should not play politics with our national heritage, just to line the pockets of the oil and gas industry.

Please send a clear message to Congress: Reject any budget that recklessly endangers the Arctic Refuge!

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Trump’s Brazen Attempt to Open the Arctic Up to Drilling

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Reject any budget that recklessly endangers the Arctic Refuge!

Dear Congressperson,



As your constituent and someone who cares deeply about protecting our climate and natural heritage, I urge you to oppose any budget resolution that paves the way for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

As one of our last pristine wild places, the Arctic Refuge is just too special to drill. It is home to endangered species such as the polar bear and other iconic wildlife, including muskoxen, Arctic foxes and wolverines. Our entire nation is connected to the refuge, as birds from all 50 states migrate to this unique habitat. The Coastal Plain of the refuge bears witness to the one of the largest animal migrations in North America, that of the Porcupine caribou herd. The Coastal Plain is considered sacred by the indigenous Gwich'in people, whose way of life has for millennia depended on the caribou herds that calve there.

A majority of the American people agree that the Coastal Plain should be permanently protected as wilderness. However, instead of respecting the will of the people, some members of Congress want to open it up to drilling for oil and gas that we don't need and should be kept in the ground. The House budget resolution for FY 2018 includes a provision that would allow for drilling in the refuge, and the Senate may very well do the same.

The Trump administration has made it clear that it sides with the oil and gas industry. It's up to Congress to do the right thing and side with the American people. We cannot, and should not, play politics with our national heritage just to line the pockets of the oil and gas industry.

Please oppose any budget resolution that paves the way for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It is irresponsible to put such a dangerous provision in legislation that should be used to fund the agencies and programs that protect our air, water, health and climate.

Sincerely,
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