Don’t Let Trump Destroy Alaska’s Wilderness

Target: Greg Sheehan, Acting Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Refuse to allow the Trump administration to authorize oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Trump administration reportedly is seeking to reverse three decades of conservation efforts by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. According to The Washington Post, the administration wants to change regulations to allow for seismic studies of the wildlife refuge.

Even before any actual oil drilling takes place, these seismic studies could damage the fragile ecosystem. A 2001 study from Environmental Science and Technology found these studies can have a detrimental impact on iconic Alaskan animals such as caribou and polar bears. Moreover, even some industry advocates are skeptical of the proposal to open the region to drilling, noting the high cost of Arctic operations and the current low global oil prices.

If you agree that destroying Alaska just to exacerbate the global oil glut makes no sense, sign this petition calling for protections to remain in place for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Sheehan,

Often referred to as America’s last untamed wilderness, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to some of Alaska’s most beloved landscapes, flora and fauna. Unfortunately, it’s under threat from the Trump administration, which wants to ease U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations protecting the refuge.

Without such protections, the refuge would be open to seismic studies, which could potentially lead to commercial drilling. At a time of collapsing oil prices and the ever-looming threat of climate change, now is not the time to be razing Alaska’s natural treasures for a quick buck. Many Alaskans still vividly remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which is still considered one of the worst human-made environmental disasters in history.

If the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is put at the mercy of the oil industry, we can only expect more spills, more pollution, and more destruction – and it’ll be taxpayers who pay the price to clean up the industry’s mess. We therefore urge you to reject the administration’s efforts to strip the refuge of its protections.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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14 Comments

  1. Alaska’s Public Land is NOT yours to use as you want to! Leave our land alone! It is NOT yours!

  2. NO DRILLING FOR OIL AT A NATIONAL MONUMENT NOW.

  3. J M Harris Jr says:

    This current administration is THE most environmentally destructive since Reagan.

  4. This man destroys everything he touches

  5. People say it’s untouched, we should leave it that way.

  6. Keep Greedy bastards away from pristine lands, regardless who it is, from which country or continent they are!

  7. HEY TRUMP, GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT!

  8. Remember the Exon Valdez? The death, the oil soaked birds and otters, the contaminated fish, the ruined livelihoods of the natives in the area for years and years. Do the drillers have a disaster plan laid out to avoid another screwup? Probably not. Just full guns ahead and oh no we made a mistake, too bad. We can’t afford to lose our wildlife and natural areas. Humans already screw up way too much.

  9. Parks belong to the public! Stay out!

  10. Trump`s one of the greediest and biggest arseholes on the planet, and he seems to be intent on destroying it one way or another

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