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LCV Statement on Trump Administration’s Move to Hand Over the Arctic Refuge to Big Oil During a Pandemic

Aug 17, 2020

Contact: Emily Samsel,, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. — In response to the Trump administration’s Record of Decision finalizing their flawed environmental review process for opening up the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Legislative Representative Laura Forero  

“The Trump administration should be focused on protecting the health and well-being of communities during this pandemic, not delivering another bailout to Big Oil. This action brings us one step closer to the desecration of this majestic wilderness and threatens the way of life of the Gwich’in people, their ancestral lands, and the invaluable wildlife of the Arctic Refuge’s Coastal Plain. The Refuge is ground zero for climate change and selling it out to big polluters is unpopular and unconscionable. We urge the administration to listen to Indigenous communities, halt its rushed and flawed process, and start over.”

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