Trump Rushes To Sell Off Alaska Wilderness For Oil Drilling Before Biden Takes Over

  • The Trump administration is rushing ahead with plans to sell off portions of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling before leaving office. The Interior Department intends to sell the land before Joe Biden takes the oath of office in January.
  • A call for nominations will be published Tuesday allowing oil companies to identify tracts of land they would bid on during an upcoming lease sale on the nearly 1.6-million-acre coastal plain, although environmental groups have filed lawsuits on the administration’s leasing program, reported the Washington Post.
  • “Any company thinking about participating in this corrupt process should know that they will have to answer to the Gwich’in people and the millions of Americans who stand with us. We have been protecting this place forever,” said Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee.

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