The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and other protected Arctic public lands are natural treasures and should be protected. 

The Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain is home to more than 200 different wildlife species, including Porcupine caribou and polar bears. Thousands of migratory birds rely on the refuge each year to rest and reproduce, and the Coastal Plain serves as a critical calving ground for the Porcupine caribou herd. 

Indigenous communities have called the Arctic Refuge home for thousands of years. The indigenous Gwich’in community depends on the Porcupine caribou herd as a vital source of subsistence. Their way of life is dependent on the Refuge and deserves to be preserved for future generations.

Oil drilling is too disruptive and dirty to safely be done in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

That’s why SEEC members have fought tooth-and-nail against the Trump Administration’s attempts to drill in ANWR. And while President Biden has pushed pause on the drilling, SEEC member Rep. Jared Huffman has written the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act to protect the Arctic Refuge forever.