Arctic Refuge in grave jeopardy with House and Senate sneak attacks

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Caribou in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Budget resolution policy riders aim to squash debate

The U.S. House approved a budget resolution today that paves the way for drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Senate Budget Committee is expected to pass their resolution with a similar provision later today. The full Senate could vote on the measure in just a few weeks. Polls show the vast majority of Americans oppose drilling in the refuge.

In response to today’s action, The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from its president, Jamie Williams:

This is a shameless attempt to hijack the federal budget process and push an exceptionally unpopular idea through Congress so that President Trump can sell off one of our greatest national treasures to the oil industry. The Arctic Refuge is simply too fragile and special to drill and we have a moral obligation to protect it for future generations of Americans.

Michael Reinemer, (703) 966-9574,, The Wilderness Society

Tim Woody, (907) 223-2443,, The Wilderness Society


The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.

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