Biden Suspends Drilling Permits in ANWR

Biden Suspends Drilling Permits in ANWR

Yesterday, the Department of the Interior moved to suspend all oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undoing a highly contested move made by the Trump administration last year. Interior said it would suspend all leasing program operations “pending completion of a comprehensive analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).” As one […]

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Remembering Adam Kolton

Remembering Adam Kolton

It was with great sadness that we read of our Friend of the Planet, Adam Kolton’s passing yesterday. Adam was not only an ODP reader but a tireless advocate for our planet and its most precious and delicate ecosystems. As the Alaska Wilderness League, where Adam worked for many years and most recently as its […]

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Biden’s First Round of Executive Orders Protect Environment

Biden’s First Round of Executive Orders Protect Environment

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Just hours after being sworn in, President Biden began reversing the previous administration’s planet-damaging environmental policy. His Day One executive orders and directives lay the groundwork for taking on the climate crisis and putting environmental, public health, and scientific priorities back in place.  Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement: After (re)accepting […]

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ANWR Oil Sale Was a Bust, Lower 48 a Different Story

ANWR Oil Sale Was a Bust, Lower 48 a Different Story

The sale of oil and gas drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) was supposed to bring in upwards of $1 billion, but in the end, the first of the auctions mandated by Congress at the urging of President Trump brought in only $14M.

Why This Matters:  Banks won’t underwrite Arctic drilling, so it is unclear those ANWR leases will be drilled ever.

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‘Drill Baby Drill’ is So 2008

‘Drill Baby Drill’ is So 2008

The Trump administration has opened the Arctic National Wildlife refuge up for drilling and is rushing the permitting process for oil and gas companies. At the same time, Bank of America became the last major bank to say that it won’t provide project financing for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. So not even […]

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Trump Team Rushes to Drill In Arctic — But Will They Fall Flat?

Trump Team Rushes to Drill In Arctic — But Will They Fall Flat?

On Monday the Interior Department took the next step toward opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling — they are rushing the process to auction off oil and gas drilling rights there before President Trump leaves office on January 20th, numerous outlets reported

Why This Matters:  A Biden spokesperson said that this move “will not deter him from fulfilling his commitment to preserving America’s national treasures and the local economies and communities they support,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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