Both the United States Congress and Senate have passed budget resolutions that help clear the way for dangerous and polluting oil drilling and other energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last truly wild places in the United States. Its huge animal populations are once again threatened by rampant corporate greed. We must speak up before these animals' homes are polluted and disturbed beyond redemption!
The Refuge is located in northeastern Alaska and consists of 19,286,722 pristine acres (48,498 square miles) in the Alaska North Slope region. It is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the US.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a seasonal home to the Porcupine caribou herd, made up of over 150,000 caribou.
The Porcupine herd's calving ground are on the coastal plains of the refuge where drilling is most likely to take place. In addition to caribou, a stunning array of wildlife calls the area home or visits seasonally, including polar bears, musk oxen, moose, seals, and snow geese. At almost 20,000,000 acres, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an expansive and vital home for North America's wildlife, and one that's too important to gamble with.
The Senate Budget Committee's budget resolution instructs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to find ways to create one billion dollars in savings over the next decade. Many expect that a portion of these "savings" will come from opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling—something the Trump administration has explicitly stated to be a priority. The Senate budget bill has moved to the floor of the Senate for debate. Join us in telling our senators that we oppose any effort to open one of our last wild places to development!
1.) Call your senators and ask them to oppose any attempt to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. Just click on the link, and choose the Federal tab to find out who they are if you don't already know, and to get their contact information.
2) Sign our letter asking your senators to oppose any efforts to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to development.
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Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Dear [Decision Maker],
Thank you,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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