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Tell President Biden: We need permanent protections for the Arctic.

In 2017, Congress approved opening the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development despite decades of widespread public support in favor of protecting this remarkable place.

In his first days in office, President Biden put a pause on the Arctic Refuge oil and gas leasing program to evaluate drilling plans in the region. But with drilling leases in oil company hands and another lease sale on the horizon, we need Congress to act and to make long-term protections for the Arctic Refuge a reality. Join us and ask the President and Vice President to urge Congress to take legislative action to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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 President Biden and Vice President Harris,

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 Congress to take legislative action now to do so. I also want to thank you for placing a temporary moratorium on oil and gas activities in the Refuge on the first day of your Presidency.

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 folly 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 Congress and make long-term protections possible by taking legislative action now.

Sincerely,

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