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Repeal Oil and Gas Programs in the Arctic

In his first days in office, President Biden put a pause on oil and gas leasing programs to evaluate drilling plans in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and across the nation. But we need to make long-term protections for the Arctic Refuge a reality.

Oil and gas development would threaten livelihoods, disturb wildlife, destroy habitat, and exacerbate the already severe impacts of climate change. Many Indigenous communities in the US Arctic, and those living in the Canadian Arctic, rely on the Porcupine Caribou Herd, which uses the Coastal Plain for calving and nursing grounds. Further, the Coastal Plain provides critical denning habitat for the threatened Southern Beaufort Sea subpopulation of polar bears, and nesting habitat for birds from every state and continent.

Congressional leaders have committed to moving budget reconciliation through Congress in the next few months. Join us and ask your Member of Congress to support including repealing the Arctic Refuge oil and gas program in the budget reconciliation package.

This action is only open to US residents. Messages directly sent to Congress require all information fields to be filled out. We encourage you to personalize your message below, and let your representative know why this issue is important to you.

Dear Member of Congress,

I am writing to express my support for protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development and ask that you work with your Congressional colleagues and ensure that the Arctic Refuge oil and gas program is repealed in the upcoming budget reconciliation process.

Development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge poses an intolerable risk to one of our nation's greatest natural treasures. Alaska Native communities in and around the Arctic Refuge and Indigenous people in the Canadian Arctic rely on the Coastal Plain of the Refuge for subsistence needs. As climate change has transformed the Arctic Sea's ice conditions, the threatened Southern Beaufort Sea polar bears have become increasingly dependent on the use of the Coastal Plain for maternal denning. Additionally, development of the Refuge would exacerbate climate change.

The recklessness of Arctic Refuge drilling is also seen in the results of the first lease sale, required by the 2017 Tax Act, which brought in paltry revenues for the federal taxpayer. Specifically, the sale raised a total of $6 million for the federal government, less than 1% of the $1 billion promised to American taxpayers. These revenues show there is no serious interest in development and the leasing program is misguided economic policy.

We must protect this iconic landscape for the wildlife whose life cycles are so intricately connected to the intactness and health of the Coastal Plain and for others who depend on these wildlife and wild lands for nutritional, cultural, recreational, and spiritual reasons. Therefore, I urge you to work with Congressional leadership and make long-term protections possible by taking legislative action now.

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