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If Trump Gets His Way, Nearly Every American Coastline Will Be Put at Risk by Offshore Drilling

Our federal government wants to auction off our oceans, endanger our coasts, and lock our nation into reliance on fossil fuels for at least another half-century.  

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Exposed: Chevron Has a Secretive Drilling Site in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

It’s the middle of the frigid, long midnight at Tapkaurak Point, a spit of gravel curling out into the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. Up in the middle of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest remaining wilderness area in the U.S., the sun set weeks ago and won’t peek above the horizon until the middle of January.

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Trump's Offshore Oil Drilling Plans Ignore the Lessons of BP Deepwater Horizon

The Trump Administration is proposing to ease regulations that were adopted to make offshore oil and gas drilling operations safer after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. This event was the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven workers died in the explosion and sinking of the oil rig, and more than 4 million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists have estimated that the spill caused more than $17 billion in damages to natural resources.

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Senate Vote Threatens to Open Arctic Refuge to Oil Drilling

The Senate voted Thursday 51-49 to approve the first stage of a complicated multi-part budget reconciliation process that, if the Alaska congressional delegation gets its way, will attach drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge onto a massive package of tax cuts.

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Why I Fell in Love With Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - and Why We Must Protect It From Drilling

While renowned and beloved for its superlative qualities, I love the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on a macro level. One evening I watched a small red-backed vole move her offspring, each no larger than a jelly bean, from one hiding spot to another. I was no less impressed by her adaptability and will to survive than by the caribou of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. And the first time I saw the delicate nodding bladder-campion growing amidst the raw bulldozed terrain of a glacier’s recent retreat, I was just as dazzled by this tiny flower, making a living in the most hostile environment, as I was by my first view of Mt. Isto’s glaciated slopes.

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Leaked Zinke Memo Urges Trump to Shrink National Monuments, Allow Drilling

Despite receiving 2.8 million comments from the public in support of our national monuments, U.S. Department of the Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke has advised President Trump to change the way at least 10 of these treasured areas are managed and to shrink the boundaries of at least four of them.

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Major Eco-Victory: Total's Application to Drill Near the Amazon Reef Rejected

(Brasília, August 29) — Brazil's Environmental Agency (Ibama) today rejected the application for a license to drill in the mouth of the Amazon Basin by the French company Total (operating in a joint venture with BP). This is an important step towards defending the Amazon Reef; a unique and largely unexplored ecosystem - Total's closest block is only 8km away from the Reef.

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House Science Committee: Russia Secretly Backed Anti-Fracking Campaigns

As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government, a pair of House Republicans are hoping to inspire a Russia investigation of their own.

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BP and Total's Drilling Plans Threaten Permanent Damage to Unique Amazon Reef

Earlier this year, I joined a Greenpeace expedition to explore the Amazon Reef, 75 miles off the coast of the Brazilian state of Amapá. The scale of this reef was revealed in April 2016, when it was celebrated by scientists as one of the most important in marine biology in recent decades. Ronaldo Francini, one of the scientists who revealed it to the world, called it “a hotspot for biodiversity.” The region is home to manatees, green turtles, river otters, as well as local communities whose livelihoods depend on the ecosystem.

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Democrats Are Pulling Out All the Stops to Protect the Arctic From Trump

Two things happened on April 28. One positive ... and one unprecedented. Senate Democrats led by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to strengthen protections for the Arctic Ocean and show opposition to any future risky drilling in our oceans. Similar legislation was introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) in March on the House side.

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