Listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, polar bears give birth to their cubs in dens on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is under a major threat from the oil industry’s allies in Congress. But a historic number of senators have taken an important step to protect it.
On April 4, a total of 40 senators sponsored a bill that would designate the refuge’s fragile coastal plain as a wilderness area. Such a designation would permanently protect refuge from the oil drilling proposals introduced year after year in Congress.
The effort was led by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) In all, the bill was introduced with the sponsorship of 40 senators. That’s a record level of Senate support for legislation to protect the Arctic Refuge.
Are your senators among them? See the list below to find out, then thank those who are standing up to protect one of the last pristine, untouched wild places in America.
If one or more of your senators are not among the sponsors of this bill, please urge them to oppose any executive or congressional action that would open the refuge to drilling, and the resulting oil spills, air pollution and contaminated water that come with such risky industrial activity.
The coastal plain is the biological heart of the Arctic Refuge. It provides denning habitat for endangered polar bears, and is the calving ground of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. It is also the home of wolves, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and migratory birds that travel to six continents and all 50 states.
The Arctic Refuge has value far beyond the oil beneath it. We have a moral obligation to protect the it for our children and grandchildren.
Is your senator on the list? Applause to these Arctic Refuge wilderness bill sponsors!
CA – Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris
CO – Sen. Michael Bennet
CT – Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy
DE – Sen. Tom Carper
FL – Sen. Bill Nelson
HI – Sen. Mazie Hirono
IL – Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Tammy Duckworth
MA – Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren
MD – Sen. Christopher Van Hollen and Sen. Ben Cardin
MI – Sen. Gary Peters and Sen. Debbie Stabenow
MO – Sen. Claire McCaskill
MN – Sen. Al Franken and Sen. Amy Klobuchar
MT – Sen. Jon Tester
NV – Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto
NH – Sen. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
NJ – Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Bob Menendez
NM – Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich
NY – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
NY – Sen. Chuck Schumer
OH – Sen. Sherrod Brown
OR – Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley
PA – Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
RI – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Sen. Jack Reed
VT – Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Bernie Sanders
WA – Sen. Marie Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray
WI – Sen. Tammy Baldwin