Tell Congress: Focus On Growing the Economy, Not Drilling In the Arctic Wilderness
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One of the wildest places left in America is being threatened again. Congress wants to let oil and gas companies drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to pay for the cost of its misguided tax reform package. At the same time, Congress is also trying to eliminate tax credits for the clean energy industry – which employs more than 3 million workers across America.
Congress created the Arctic Refuge in 1980 as the nation’s largest wildland. It barred oil and gas drilling there because there isn’t a more unique or more natural place left in our country
By turning this iconic wilderness over to oil and gas companies, while simultaneously changing tax codes to impose more obstacles on the solar, wind and energy efficiency companies, Congress is picking winners and losers and gambling with the public lands that we all own. Ultimately, we’ll all end up losing.
Clean energy industries now employ more Americans than fossil fuels. Solar and wind jobs projected to be the fastest-growing occupations in the country over the next decade. Staying shackled to oil is bad for our economy and our environment, beginning in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Join E2 and sign your name on this petition telling Congress to get its priorities straight. Lawmakers need to know that selling off America’s public lands to petroleum companies while hamstringing clean energy and the millions of jobs that come with it isn’t what Americans want.
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