Tell Congress: Defend the Arctic! April 25, 2024

A few months ago, we asked you to reach out to your Representative about H.R. 6285, a highly destructive bill that would allow for the exploitation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other critical areas of Alaska. This bill never reached the House Floor for a vote, but that step is likely to be taken in a few short days.

Drilling projects have been proposed in and around these spaces for years. However President Biden has canceled these oil and gas leases, and replaced them with efforts to preserve this land and its water for generations to come. Just last week, the Department of Interior finalized a rule to maximize protections for more than 13 million acres in the western Arctic.

In retaliation, some Members of Congress have suggested a vote take place as soon as Monday, April 29.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is situated in the northeast corner of Alaska and is the only federally protected arctic coastal habitat in the United States. With no development or roads within its 19 million acres, it is a critically valuable location for biodiversity, with over 200 species of birds, wolves, polar bears and more.

Arctic habitats across Alaska are already burdened with the impacts of climate change. Not only would development desecrate the land – any oil and gas sourced from the area would accelerate climate change and its devastating health and environmental impacts.We must protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other vulnerable areas in Alaska while we still can. Contact your Representative today!

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