Don’t let the Trump administration open up the Arctic Refuge to drilling
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A budget provision authored by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski targets the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling. This legislation threatens irreversible ecological destruction of this pristine landscape in order to deliver tax breaks to billionaires. We need your help to protect the Arctic Refuge from dangerous oil and gas development. For years Earthjustice has partnered with other groups to protect the Arctic Refuge, and we will continue to defend it.
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.
In a backdoor attempt to subvert the will of the American public, President Trump has proposed a budget that calls on Congress to raise revenue by drilling on the Coastal Plain—and both chambers of Congress have approved budget bills to make this happen. Write your Senators and Representatives now and urge them to keep the Arctic Refuge out of the final spending bill that is currently under debate in Congress.
Drilling in the Refuge is not a budget issue and would do nothing to reduce the projected deficit from offering tax breaks to corporations. Moreover, any new drilling on public lands would release greenhouse gas emissions that make an unacceptable contribution to climate change.
The Arctic Refuge should be excluded from the final budget. 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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