The Senate/House tax bill conference committee recommends allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Many proven alternative energy choices can replace oil and gas but there is only one Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge includes precious habitat for species ranging from polar bears and caribou to nesting birds and waterfowl. These migrating birds touch all 50 states and nearly every continent of the globe.

This Arctic attack ignores the will of the American people. For decades a majority of voters have urged Congress to protect this irreplaceable ecological treasure. While completely violating the rights and treaty obligations to the Gwich’in people of the U.S. and Canada, drilling proponents claim that lease sales will generate as much as $1 billion in revenue over the next decade. To barely address over $1 trillion in tax cuts for corporations and the rich this would destroy our Arctic Refuge. Republican abuse of the budget process would sacrifice one of the nation’s most ecologically and culturally significant places for a paltry federal benefit.

Americans who care about our future should call their federal representatives and tell them to remove Arctic drilling from the 'Tax Bill'.

Dennis Specht

Medford

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