Trump Administration Green Lights Oil and Gas Development in ANWR

Trump Administration Green Lights Oil and Gas Development in ANWR

The Trump Administration yesterday finalized one of its most controversial fossil fuel favoritism pledges — the Interior Department approved oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) a pristine area in Alaska that has been considered sacred ground to both Indigenous people and environmentalists.  The Refuge is a a 1.56-million-acre area of […]

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Polar Bears Jeopardized by Drastic Habitat Loss; DOI Says ANWR Drilling Won’t Hurt Them

Polar Bears Jeopardized by Drastic Habitat Loss; DOI Says ANWR Drilling Won’t Hurt Them

All but a few populations of polar bears found in the high Arctic could be extinct by 2100 due to the drastic loss of sea ice across their range, according to a study in the Journal Nature Climate Change published Monday.  Without ice, polar bears must survive on land, long distances from their food supplies, causing them to go hungry.

Why This Matters:  This study puts data behind the starving polar bear photo.  The U.S. population is one of the most threatened in the world because of the loss of ice.

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Alaska Confronts COVID: State May Close Salmon Season Just as Energy Projects Lose Funding

Alaska Confronts COVID: State May Close Salmon Season Just as Energy Projects Lose Funding

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is home to the world’s most valuable wild salmon fisheries (and also an infamous mining project – the Pebble Mine) but salmon towns in the region lost 30% of their population to the 1918 Spanish Flu and locals fear it will happen again due to lack of medical capacity to handle the virus, unless the Governor, Republican Mike Dunleavy, shuts down fishing for this summer.

Why This Matters:  Alaska could be hit hard by a double whammy of no fishing this year and the loss of new oil and gas jobs in the future.

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President Trump Pushes To Open Pristine Alaska Forest To Logging

President Trump Pushes To Open Pristine Alaska Forest To Logging

Twenty years ago, President Clinton put a large area of pristine Alaskan rain forest off-limits to logging, but President Trump is now apparently set to open parts of the 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest up again, according to The Washington Post.  The President spoke to Alaska’s Governor and then directed the Secretary of Agriculture, who manages national forest lands, to lift the restrictions on road building, which in effect banned logging and other development there.

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Trump Administration Full Speed Ahead on Drilling and Mining In Alaska

Trump Administration Full Speed Ahead on Drilling and Mining In Alaska

The Trump Administration in recent days has moved to quickly walk back protections for pristine areas of Alaska, advancing projects to develop the Pebble Mine that threatens Bristol Bay and its billion-dollar salmon fishery and also oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) over the strenuous objections of Alaska native tribes and their corporations, local communities, fishers, tourism businesses, and environmental groups.  

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Protests Against Drilling in ANWR Dominate Public Meeting

Protests Against Drilling in ANWR Dominate Public Meeting

Last week, the Interior Department held a public meeting in Fairbanks to hear their comments and concerns about plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.  The agency brought scientists who were there to explain the environmental impact of the project and then take testimony from members of the public. 

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