Trump’s In A Rush to Drill in Alaska Even When It Risks Iconic Species

Cartoon by Alex Bowman for Our Daily Planet

This week, the President’s Interior Department moved forward with a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in one of the most pristine areas remaining on the planet — the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  The Refuge is home to numerous iconic wildlife species such as caribou, polar bears, waterbirds, arctic foxes, black and brown bears, Dall sheep, moose and muskoxen all of which rely on its unique habitat.  It is the most important land denning area for America’s threatened polar bears.  But President Trump does not seem to care.  He is much more worried about the oil and gas industry going extinct than about polar bears going extinct.  And once the oil and gas leases are granted and the preparation for drilling begins, it will be very hard to reverse course.  And the President knows it.

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