Led by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a bipartisan group of senators and representatives today introduced bills in Congress to protect the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a designated wilderness area.
In a historic move, four Alaska legislators from across the state this morning voted against House resolution HJR 5, which urges Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration. Five representatives were absent.
The Alaska House Resources Committee is meeting today at 1 p.m. to hear public testimony on House Joint Resolution 5, which encourages Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.
While President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal boosts spending in certain areas and the 2016 appropriations bill included some much needed increases for natural resources and conservation programs, much work remains to be done.
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When President Obama visits Alaska at the end of August, climate change will be a key focus of his trip. The Wilderness Society developed the following memo to provide a brief primer on key Alaska public lands where the effects of climate change can already be seen.