90 Businesses and Recreation Groups Ask Congress to Keep the Arctic Out of the ’18 Budget

Photo: Florian Shultz. Arctic Refuge, Brooks Range, Alaska

The Senate has released its budget plan for 2018, which proposes opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling to help pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts. For congressional leaders wishing to drill in the Arctic, the budget process is the vehicle of choice as it only requires 51 votes to pass and cannot be filibustered. Any other effort to approve Arctic drilling would require 60 votes, a feat proven impossible for more than three decades. So, with 52 Republican seats in the Senate, and the tie-breaking vote in the hands of Vice President Mike Pence, the Arctic faces its greatest threat to date.
Ninety Conservation Alliance members and recreation organizations have  joined us in a letter asking Congress to keep the Arctic Refuge out of the 2018 budget process.


2 Responses

  1. Sara R Whitner says:

    There are certain places on the planet that just need to be left wild. Ruining such places to make a handful of people very rich is not a responsible use of your position as a representative who works FOR THE PEOPLE. While it may be difficult to remember this while in the bubble of DC amidst others looking to run campaigns, you do not, in fact, work for a handful of already obscenely wealthy campaign donors. Do your job. Honor your grandchildren’s grandchildren so they don’t have to ask one day why their ancestor was so short sighted and unable to see “the big picture” while selling their legacy to a long-dead high bidder. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of those places that must be left wild. There is a reason that this battle has carried on for 40 years…it has been and continues to be a place worth fighting for. Just STOP with this battle. Have the spine that the American people are so hungry for their representatives to show.

  2. George Alderson says:

    In my job I flew over the Prudhoe Bay oil development in 1981, and it was awful. That should never be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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