House Speaker John Boehner and others in Congress are targeting the homes of polar bears and other imperiled wildlife with an environmentally irresponsible and misleading proposal to fund the Transportation Bill. A vote on their proposal could come before the House of Representatives as soon as next week.
The legislation would allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the most important onshore denning habitat for America’s threatened polar bears. And it would encourage drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas -- sensitive waters are sometimes called the Polar Bear Seas because of their importance to polar bears for hunting and survival.
But it’s not just America’s polar bears that are at risk. The Arctic Refuge is also vital to caribou, wolverines, more than 200 different bird species, and other wildlife. Endangered bowhead whales can be found in the sensitive Arctic waters where Boehner and other Big Oil allies are pushing to drill.
Oil and gas drilling in these pristine areas – places vital to so many unique and ecologically important animals – could be disastrous.
Please take action now to urge your representative to oppose using Arctic oil and gas drilling revenues to fund the Transportation Bill.
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