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Tell Congress: No oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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The petition to Congress reads:

"Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and oppose any bills, including the budget, that would allow oil drilling in this fragile and pristine ecosystem."

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    Tell Congress: No oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    If Donald Trump gets his way, millions of acres of our nation's most fragile wildlife lands will be opened up to drilling for his friends and donors in the oil and gas industry.

    As a priority in his most recent budget, Trump proposed to allow drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which would pose a massive threat to endangered species and other wildlife and surely result in a catastrophic oil spill.

    Only Congress can vote to hand over this iconic landscape to the fossil fuel industry, and it is currently working out the details of the 2018 fiscal year budget, which includes Trump's proposal. We must pressure Congress to protect ANWR and oppose any attempts to allow drilling in this fragile ecosystem.

    Tell Congress: No oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    Established by President Eisenhower in 1960, ANWR is a roughly 19 million acre wildlife refuge located in the northeast corner of Alaska. It is critical calving grounds for the Porcupine caribou and home to some of America's last remaining polar bears. Around 200 migratory birds and all three species of North American bears are found in the refuge.1

    For nearly 40 years, Congress has successfully blocked Big Oil and conservative Republicans' backroom attempts to open up ANWR to drilling, even during times of oil scarcity. Now, with a glut of fossil fuel reserves, potential drilling opportunities elsewhere in the country and the rise of cheaper, greener alternatives, Trump and his fossil fuel cabinet are still working to destroy one of the last remaining untouched habitats in America.2

    Drilling in this region is extremely dangerous, with more than 70 oil spills occurring in Alaska every year, so it would be just a matter of time before a catastrophic spill in ANWR occurs.3 And drilling in ANWR is extremely unpopular, with polls showing that more than two-thirds of voters oppose drilling in the region, with a majority strongly opposed.4

    Yet, Republicans are set to bow to Trump and their corporate donors by sneaking provisions into the budget to line the pockets of the fossil fuel industry. Democrats and a handful of Republicans have come together to block drilling in ANWR before, so it is time we speak out in force to ensure they do the right thing again and protect this precious land and wildlife from the fossil fuel industry.

    Tell Congress: No oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    Thanks for all you do.

    References

    1. Alaska Wilderness League, "Arctic Refuge," accessed July 2, 2017.
    2. Matt Egan, "Trump wants to drill for oil in Alaska's fragile wildlife refuge," CNN, May 25, 2017.
    3. David Yarnold, "Drilling In The Arctic Refuge Threatens The World’s Birds," HuffPost, May 23, 2017.
    4. Hart Research Associates, "CAP Energy/Environment/Climate Voters Survey," December 2016.