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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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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