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Keep Oil and Gas Leasing Out of America's Arctic

The most recent oil and gas leasing plan issued by the US Department of the Interior covering 2017-2022 excluded new leasing in the Arctic waters offshore of Alaska—protecting Alaska Native communities, marine mammals, migratory paths, and other sensitive habitats in the Arctic.

In 2017, the Trump administration initiated a process to revise the existing plan, potentially leading to the removal of Arctic protections and the authorization of new leasing in the Arctic. Recently, the administration published the new Draft Proposed Program for 2019-2024 set to replace the 2017-2022 Program.

Sign our public comment to President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke, and tell them to continue to keep America's Arctic out of the Five-Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

Dear President Trump and Secretary Zinke,

Please continue to keep the Arctic out of consideration for any new oil and gas leasing as you move forward with the revision of the Five-Year Program.

I'm deeply concerned about the risk new offshore oil drilling could pose for the Arctic, especially when considering the remoteness of the Arctic offshore region and the extreme weather conditions. A large oil spill could have catastrophic effects on the Arctic's fragile environment and unique wildlife, as well as the Arctic communities that depend on them.

On top of that, drilling in the Arctic will release black carbon pollution directly onto Arctic ice, which will accelerate melting and put sea ice-dependent species at even greater risk. It will also promote continued reliance on fossil fuels. Rather than paving the way for risky Arctic oil, we need to accelerate our nation's transition to clean, renewable energy sources.

The decision to keep the Arctic out of the Five-Year Program made a lot of sense. Please do not allow risky oil and gas drilling in these one-of-a-kind waters when we lack essential scientific information and an effective plan to clean up an oil spill in the Arctic's extreme conditions. There is too much at stake, and the risks are far too high.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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