Congress is on the verge of selling off Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling, and its members don’t seem to know they’re being conned. They have been sold a $1 billion bill of goods.
The department is expected to announce a new draft rule in the next few weeks that could revise the existing regulation or rescind it entirely.
The U.S. Senate has passed a Republican tax-reform package that contains a provision to authorize oil drilling on the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, placing the biological heart of one of our last pristine, untouched places in severe peril.
In response to news reports that the Interior Department’s energy lease sale today drew little oil industry interest, Chase Huntley, senior director of The Wilderness Society’s energy program said:
Conservation groups file lawsuit after President Trump illegally axed majestic Bears Ears National Monument
The bill would open America’s 110 million acres of wilderness areas to mountain bikes, an unprecedented assault on wilderness nationwide.
The Wilderness Act Prohibits Mountain Bike Use in Wilderness
A year before effectively eliminating Bears Ears and vast portions of Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, then President-elect Trump claimed his administration would honor the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and “conserve and protect our beautiful natural resources for the next generation including protecting lands.”
Some members of Congress have joined in, proposing legislation to support these attacks on public lands.
The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society: