Green Groups Urge Haaland to Reject Drilling in the Everglades

Green Groups Urge Haaland to Reject Drilling in the Everglades

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Tuesday, a coalition of conservation organizations signed a letter to the Interior Department Secretary Deb Haaland, urging her to deny Burnett Oil Company’s requests to drill for oil in Big Cypress National Preserve which is a part of the Greater Everglades.  “The proposed oil extraction activities would be […]

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New Study Finds It’s Noisy in the Deep

New Study Finds It’s Noisy in the Deep

New scientific research sheds light on a growing problem — ocean noise pollution — but the good news is that this one is solvable.  The problem is that much of ocean life depends on sound for survival and when anthropogenic noise increases, it drowns out the soundscapes that guide ocean life, The New York Times reports.

Why This Matters:  Impacts of noise had been documented on marine mammals like dolphins, but now it is clear it impacts a wide variety of marine life, including zooplankton and jellyfish.

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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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Treasury Department Proposes Rule Aimed At Banks That Refuse To Lend For Arctic Drilling

Treasury Department Proposes Rule Aimed At Banks That Refuse To Lend For Arctic Drilling

On Friday, the Treasury Department proposed a rule that states that “decisions by banks to not serve a specific customer should be based on individual risks, rather than a categorical exclusion.” according to The Hill.

Why This Matters:  This kind of government mandate overriding the free market smacks of, well, socialism or cronyism or both. And while oil ad gas companies are now hurting, they’ve reaped billions from our dependence on oil and gas for fuel. 

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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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Climate Change and Arctic Drilling Threaten Polar Bears’ Extinction

Climate Change and Arctic Drilling Threaten Polar Bears’ Extinction

The Trump Administration finally released the results of a long-awaited study on the cumulative impacts of oil and gas development in the Arctic on the endangered polar bear population and, not surprisingly, it was bad news for the bears. 

Why This Matters: The head of an agency should review a major work product before it is released to the public.  But delaying the release of a scientific report for months because it does not square with the administration’s policy viewpoint is another matter altogether.

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