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Letter: Protect ANWR

  • Author: Diana Rhodes
    | Opinion
  • Updated: March 20
  • Published March 20

Thank you to the five Alaska legislators who voted against a state resolution promoting destructive oil development on our public lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Your voices are appreciated.

Federal legislation introduced this month, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act (H.R. 5911), aims to restore protections that were repealed by a controversial tax law that passed in December 2017. More than 100 members of Congress co-signed H.R. 5911.

The coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge is known to the Gwich’in people of Alaska and Canada as “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” — the sacred place where life begins. Humans seeking refuge here may see the Porcupine caribou herd, polar bears, musk oxen, wolves and nearly 200 species of migratory birds. A landscape that is so special is no place for destructive oil and gas development.

— Diana Rhoades


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