The threat of drilling returns to the Arctic

Unspoiled Arctic habitat is vital for wildlife -- but oil drilling threatens to destroy it.

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This bill threatens pristine Arctic habitat

The unspoiled natural beauty of Alaska’s Arctic will transport you to a primeval past.

Vast expanses of icy coastal waters, towering mountain ranges and tracts of tundra stretch across millions of acres. Caribou herds flow across the landscape, beluga whales swim in coastal coves and millions of migratory birds dot the coastline.

We know that protecting special places like this is more important than squeezing a little more oil out of the ground. But the U.S. House just passed a bill that would reverse President Biden’s limits on oil drilling in the Arctic.

Oil drilling will permanently scar the Arctic

There’s no question: Drilling will permanently scar the Arctic.

Right now, the Arctic is a place that polar bears, wolves, arctic foxes and caribou call home. Only their calls break the engulfing silence of this wild place.

Imagine if this land is auctioned off for oil and gas exploration: Heavy machinery will carve through the landscape and the industrial hum of day-in and day-out drilling will replace the calls of the wild. Clean air will be dirtied and pristine waters will run slick with oil — unless we do something about it.

Together, we can act to protect Arctic habitat from drilling

With your support, we helped convince the president to protect millions of acres of wildlife habitat in the Western Arctic and cancel gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Now, legislators are threatening to undo our progress.

Wildlife like caribou and polar bears need this place to stay wild — the question is whether we can protect it for them.

Time and time again, we’ve raised our voices to protect wildlife and wild places — and won.

The Arctic is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on Earth. Together, we can keep it that way.