By Blu Putnam |
For decades, drilling proponents have touted drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as the answer to the national crisis du jour. Today, facing three national crises--energy, jobs, and the deficit--the sad truth is that Arctic Refuge drilling will do nothing to alleviate any of these crucial challenges, despite what Big Oil and its supporters will tell you.
Here are three indisputable facts:
And then there's this fact: Some places are just too extraordinary to drill--and the Arctic Refuge is one of them. For 30 years, pro-drilling proponents have been pushing to drill in the Arctic Refuge, and for 30 years millions of Americans have stood up and said "No way!" The Arctic Refuge--with its vast expanse of divergent terrain, and the abundant wildlife that depends on it--is our nation's greatest wilderness icon. We have a moral responsibility to save wild places like the Arctic Refuge for future generations, which is why our country has remained committed to its protection for over a half century.
The Arctic Refuge is one place that must remain off-limits to drilling--now and forever.
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