Bending to the wishes of the fossil fuel industry, the Trump administration has taken the first step toward opening more of the still largely pristine Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve in the western Arctic to devastating drilling. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that it would rewrite the reserve’s current management plan, an Obama-era compromise that keeps much of the western Arctic’s most valuable wildlife habitat off-limits to oil exploration. New drilling would degrade sensitive ecosystems and stunning wildlands that are home to herds of caribou, musk oxen, wolves, and several imperiled bird species. And let's not forget the recent climate change report by the IPCC that emphasizes the extremely urgent need to divest from fossil fuels (like, yesterday already) in order to save the planet.
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The tax scheme protects the oil and gas industry while cutting clean energy initiatives and destroying millions of acres of nature.
Expert BlogFranz Matzner
Secretary Zinke this week—with great fanfare—approved a drilling operation in Arctic waters just off the coast of Alaska in the Beaufort sea. The Arctic is no place for oil and gas drilling, and this site is not far from one…
Latest NewsUnited StatesCourtney Lindwall
If passed, a new bill could reverse Trump’s efforts to open the Alaskan wilderness to Big Oil.
NRDC in ActionAlaska, Florida, California, Washington, United StatesMelissa Denchak
NRDC played a key role in banning offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic. Once again, it’s fighting to protect those oceans—and the rest of America’s waters.