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.
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