While our Capitol was being attacked, Trump’s team was auctioning off oil and gas leases in the ANWR. – Comments due tonight by 11:59 pm EST!
Image: Polar bear sow and cubs. Photo by Steven Kazlowski. Video is from August 21, 2020, before the lease sales.
(Sorry, everyone. Our attention was wholly taken earlier by Georgia and yesterday by the riot in Washington DC. Make a comment as quickly as you can!)Here’s where we are: “Trump administration officials auctioned off oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday (yesterday), capping Republicans’ decades-long quest to drill in one of the nation’s most vast unspoiled wild places. The move marks one of the most significant environmental rollbacks the president has accomplished in his term.“
…While a 2017 law (IV: The Trump Tax Scam!) compels the government to auction another several hundred thousand acres by the end of 2024, the incoming administration may be able to overturn that requirement now that Democrats have won control of the Senate in the wake of Tuesday’s runoff elections in Georgia.
Comment to stop the drilling TONIGHT March 13, deadline 10:59 PDThere.
PDF versions of planning documents here.
USE YOUR OWN WORDS. IDENTICAL scripts will not be counted!!! Length not important but if you’re composing your comment the site, note that you have 60 minutes before it will close on you.
Comment: I strongly oppose any option but Alternate A – do nothing. Studying the Environmental Impact Studies, full of unverifiable assumptions and unwarranted trust in the benevolence of oil industry employees as defacto national park officials, has convinced me that there will be unmitigable damage to a national treasure. The only winners here will be politicians who can crow over delivering our refuge to a cadre of international fossil-fuel interests, who will extract as fast as they can with little oversight and walk away from the damage they leave behind.
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Action #1 – Support H.R. 1146 – Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced H.R. 1146, that would ban oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).” This legislation would repeal a portion of the 2018 tax-cut that okayed such drilling. Let’s let our reps know that we want this to pass so that that ANWR can remain a pristine environment and not be lost to greed.
Rep-check here. Brownley and Carbajal are among the 115 cosponsors, including 2 GOP.
Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank Rep. [___] for cosigning H.R. 1146 – “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Protection Act.”
Action #2 – Support H.R. 309 – Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019
H.R. 309 prohibits the Department of the Interior from issuing or renewing a lease or any other authorization for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean, including the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas.
Rep-check here. Brownley hasn’t signed yet. Carbajal is one of 35 cosponsors.
Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to Rep. [___] to cosign H.R. 309 – “Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019.”
Contact: Rep. Julia Brownley:email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779 or Rep. Salud Carbajal:email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348 Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
Action #3 – Write a comment to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wilderness Area here. – Deadline 3/13, (Wed.) 10:59 pm PDT (9:59 Alaska Time)