Picture it- America’s Last Frontier...
Polar bears, black bears, and grizzlies all coexisting in one place. Over 200 bird species of all shapes, sizes, and plumages descending upon desolate valleys after migrating from all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of caribou are roaming the vast coastal plains, raising their newborn calves after their 4,000-kilometer migration- the longest land mammal migration in the world. Packs of grey wolves howling along meandering rivers, surrounded by snowcapped mountains and seemingly endless boreal forests. The vistas are expansive, and it feels like there’s no one else on Earth. This is your land.
The Arctic Refuge belongs to all of us
...Being Obliterated by Big Oil
Bulldozers could soon ravage the Arctic Refuge if we don't act now
Scenes like this one are common within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of America’s last remaining truly wild places. Nearly half of America’s largest wildlife refuge is congressionally designated wilderness, which is the highest level of protection for our public lands. It’s reserved for the wildest landscapes that remain “untrammeled by man.” However, this scene could soon be tainted by oil spills and bulldozers destroying animal’s homes, all to make way for new gas and oil wells and pipelines.
Roads like this would bisect the Arctic Refuge to transport oil and gas
Oil platforms could soon be part of the Arctic Refuge's vistas
This Can Now Legally Happen
A 2017 omnibus tax bill includes a provision designating oil drilling as one of the purposes of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It mandates drilling on the area’s coastal plain, and orders for a lease sale of at least 400,000 acres of its land by 2021. In the Administration’s FY 2020 budget proposal, it states that it’s “working aggressively” to carry out oil and gas leasing. The threat to the Arctic Refuge and its wildlife has never been more imminent.
Without action, a scene like this will soon be seen on the Arctic Refuge
But We Can Reverse This, Together
Yet, you give us hope. With your help, we can continue to fight harder than ever to protect “America’s Serengeti” in perpetuity. Your support will allow us to expand our efforts to advocate for legislation like H.R. 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which would repeal the oil and gas program on the Arctic Refuge. The choice is ours. If we win, this unspoiled scene will continue to prevail for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. If we lose, the latter will become reality, imperiling our last frontier and the plethora of wildlife that call it home. Time is of the essence, and we’re counting on you. Thank you in advance for continuing to be the voice for the voiceless creatures and landscapes of the Arctic Refuge on Capitol Hill.