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Lawmakers Seeking to Expand Oil Drilling in Alaskan Wildlife Refuge

February 24, 2017 | oil drilling

More than a decade ago, Friends of Animals joined conservation groups bolstered by the majority of Americans opposed to opening the Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. FoA chartered a flight to visit and see the last frontier we defended—vast unspoiled wilderness in all its glory. Even among Republicans, nearly two-thirds favored conservation or alternatives over drilling.

That’s why we have a huge jeer for continued efforts by the state of Alaska, reenergized by the new administration, to dispute the boundary of the Arctic Refuge so they can take a slice out of it for future oil and gas lease sales. You can read about the issue here.

Most Americans understand that nature intrinsic value. As Alaskan author Marybeth Holleman warned us in an Anchorage Daily News Op-ed in 2010, "Faced with the terrible specter of climate change, drilling in the coastal plain is unconscionable. Instead we should view the coastal plain as an ecological savings account for our children and their children. It's the least we can do, given the huge climate change deficit we're leaving them.”

Rest assured, FoA will renew its fight to give the refuge full protection so that musk ox, caribou, polar bears, wolves, birds and other animals enjoy a refuge free from industrial use. As Aldo Leopold said, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” FoA cannot.

 

Comments

No more cruelty! Save our wild life! Let them live!!

Leave the Artic Refuge alone...no to drilling.

Keep it in the ground! Climate change is real!!

No drilling it would not do a bit of good

Please do not allow drilling!!!

Stop raping the planet! It does not belong to humans only.

This would be disastrous for the environment and our wildlife.

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