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house Bill H.R. 1146

Should Oil & Gas Development From Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Be Blocked?

Argument in favor

Republicans shouldn’t have opened up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration in their ill-conceived tax cuts package. This bill would wisely restore protections for the wilderness and wildlife of Alaska’s Coastal Plain by reinstating the ban on energy development there.

Leanne's Opinion
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09/08/2019
Exploiting our natural resources for profit is not going to help us in the future - it will not protect our planet or our country from future changes.
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jimK's Opinion
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09/12/2019
Just stop raping the planet already. Damn. The need for oil and natural gas won’t go away when the world, hopefully with us leading the way, moves on to a carbon neutral economy. Petroleum products will still be needed for clothing, building materials, pharmaceuticals, transportation related products, plastics and so on. But, the vast expansion of fossil fuel production will be greatly diminished. It is counterproductive to consider expanding oil production when economically, the exploration and drilling costs are not likely to be recovered due to the glut of existing raw oil resources that will become available. ... ... Besides all that, the permafrost which structurally supports existing pipelines, is melting. This places great economic risks of not even being able to transport newly developed oil and gas resources to any accessible storage or refinery at all. Big money dudes, think of the losses you will incur. ‘Oh, the money, the money!’ Just stop so the rest of us can find joy in saving the planet, while you can enjoy cutting your losses.
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09/12/2019
This area should have never been opened up to oil and gas. GOP assholes decided that greed was more important than the health of this planet.
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Argument opposed

The Interior Dept. first recommended the full energy development of this small section of ANWR 30 years before President Trump signed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law. Congress shouldn’t try to stop energy development there, which would undermine economic growth and the national push for energy independence.

David's Opinion
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09/12/2019
God put the oil in the ground. It is a natural substance. As a part of nature, man is encouraged to carefully extract it and put it to good use for the betterment of mankind. DRILL BABY DRILL!
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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09/12/2019
We need to be energy independent. Use the resources we have been given. Oil and gas development in Alaska should be encouraged.
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VAF's Opinion
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09/12/2019
We have reached a place where we can extract natural resources without harming Wild life. It is bad stewardship to depend on foreign oil while letting our own oil lie fallow. I love that we are energy independent, but we won’t be if we foolishly do not harvest our own resources.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed September 12th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 225 Yea / 193 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 11th, 2019

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    Exploiting our natural resources for profit is not going to help us in the future - it will not protect our planet or our country from future changes.
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    God put the oil in the ground. It is a natural substance. As a part of nature, man is encouraged to carefully extract it and put it to good use for the betterment of mankind. DRILL BABY DRILL!
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    Just stop raping the planet already. Damn. The need for oil and natural gas won’t go away when the world, hopefully with us leading the way, moves on to a carbon neutral economy. Petroleum products will still be needed for clothing, building materials, pharmaceuticals, transportation related products, plastics and so on. But, the vast expansion of fossil fuel production will be greatly diminished. It is counterproductive to consider expanding oil production when economically, the exploration and drilling costs are not likely to be recovered due to the glut of existing raw oil resources that will become available. ... ... Besides all that, the permafrost which structurally supports existing pipelines, is melting. This places great economic risks of not even being able to transport newly developed oil and gas resources to any accessible storage or refinery at all. Big money dudes, think of the losses you will incur. ‘Oh, the money, the money!’ Just stop so the rest of us can find joy in saving the planet, while you can enjoy cutting your losses.
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    This area should have never been opened up to oil and gas. GOP assholes decided that greed was more important than the health of this planet.
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    Block oil and gas development in the Arctic wildlife refuge !!!!!
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    There is no benefit to destroying other resources for the sake of these last few drops of a dying industry
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    Should Oil and gas development from Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should unequivocally be Blocked! Joe Balash, Top Interior Official of the last two years, who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska steps down to join a foreign oil company that is expanding operations on the Alaska's North Slope. This move isn't a coincidence and needs to be investigate for blatant corruption! And then you have the environment impacts drilling would cause and how all the rollbacks will leave the Alaskan people to pay for cleaning up what these companies destroy!
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    It’s called a refuge because there should be no development there.
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    Leave it alone. It’s a refuge. That should mean something. The oil & gas industries can’t be trusted. They could do it cleanly but I would not trust them to do so.
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    There is a reason this land and waterway has been protected by previous administrations for over forty years: To prevent people like Trump and his corrupt minions from exploiting it for private enrichment. Vote yes to block the destruction of this pristine wilderness. I like salmon. There won't be any left if the exploitation of this area continues.
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    It's crucial that the current administration's efforts to drop protections of our environment in favor of oil and gas developers be blocked. This planet is already in dire need of more protection, not less. This is our home! Protect it!
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    We need to focus on renewable energy instead of just allowing big oil who is already heavily subsidized, to continue to destroy our last wild and clean lands, leaking pipelines contaminating water sources, refinery explosions. The gain is not worth thenrisk
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    As stewards of planet Earth we have an obligation to protect it as much as possible along with its plants and animals. We have done enough to acquire crude energy and to support profits for the companies involved. At this point, we need now to step forward to protect this part of the world.
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    An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments and of those in congress who support him: Most recent: Has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    I have lived in Alaska for over 45 years. My legislators, and our Pig, want to take a pristine environment and destroy it for THEIR personal gain. It is unconscionable. The Pebble Mine, for example, would, most likely, at some point, destroy a salmon fishery that is one of the most important on this earth. Remember there has never been a mine that DID NOT fail. Furthermore, we have had numerous oil spills on land and sea that have killed countless plants, animals, birds, fish, etc. The destruction these industries have caused, in many cases, have cost us taxpayers billions of dollars in cleanup. IT MUST STOP. When these industries totally destroy our food sources on land and sea, what will we feed on - oil and minerals? Not what I want in my diet. Do you?
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    Save the planet! Also repeal the entire Trump tax scam!
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    We need to be energy independent. Use the resources we have been given. Oil and gas development in Alaska should be encouraged.
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    Once it's gone, it's gone... a bunch of already very rich people will be even richer and this country would have advanced not one single inch into a future of clean power.... instead we will have destroyed one of the wildest, most beautiful places on earth.... oil will have soaked into every inch of the sea, soil, permafrost, and made our air even filthier than it already is. The ONLY energy sources we should be spending money on are WIND AND SOLAR.... leave the filth in the ground! We citizens of this world are sick - SO sick of our habitat, our environment, our wildlife being destroyed to enrich the already powerful and obscenely wealthy individuals who push for this garbage. Jobs my ass! There are jobs by the tens of thousands just WAITING in the wind and solar sectors. Stop this ugly, ceaseless, highly destructive lust for oil! They had an enormous oil spill already in Alaska... a mess that has NEVER been cleaned up! And another spill will be here till the end of time!
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    Teddy Roosevelt, a great Republican, must be rolling over in his grave as his party takes all the vast parks and natural beauty to satisfy the oil and gas lobby. Stop raping our protected lands for corporate interests.
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    We have reached a place where we can extract natural resources without harming Wild life. It is bad stewardship to depend on foreign oil while letting our own oil lie fallow. I love that we are energy independent, but we won’t be if we foolishly do not harvest our own resources.
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