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Washington, D.C. — In response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s dismissal of the appeal of League of Conservation Voters et al v Donald J. Trump et al, re-affirming President Obama’s ban on oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Ocean and key parts of the Atlantic Ocean, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from President Gene Karpinski:
“This is a big victory for our oceans, marine life, and our climate — and all people who rely on clean beaches and healthy marine environments. We’re thrilled that the ban on oil and gas leasing will remain in place for millions of acres of vibrant and sensitive offshore waters in the Arctic Ocean and key parts of the Atlantic Ocean. Thank you to former President Obama for his visionary leadership to protect these waters and to President Biden for supporting these protections as part of the transition we need away from fossil fuel development on America’s majestic public lands and waters.
“We could not be more grateful for our our co-plaintiffs — Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Greenpeace USA, Natural Resources Defense Council, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), Sierra Club, and The Wilderness Society — and our attorneys from Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council for their extraordinary work protecting people and the planet.”
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