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house Bill H.R. 309

Should Fossil Fuel Extraction in the Arctic Be Banned?

Argument in favor

Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean carries a very high risk of environmental damage that can be difficult for such a sensitive ecosystem to recover from. No energy exploration should be allowed there to preserve the region for future generations.

Anna's Opinion
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02/10/2019
We only have one planet. Congress is a coequal branch of government. Take responsibility, do your job, and step up to pass this legislation.
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Chickie's Opinion
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02/10/2019
When then Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed allowing oil drilling in Alaskan waters, it was to sustain American ‘dominance’ of the oil industry. He, nor #45, cared about the environmental impact that the drilling would have on the waters, air and lands. Currently, the U.S. has stockpiles of oil, selling millions of gallons to other countries. Why not conserve those stockpiles for our use? The reasoning of this administration, that drilling will provided monies to the Inuit peoples is a gross misrepresentation of the truth. For example, the Gwich’in nation and a number of Canadian Inuit’s have fought ~ and won ~ against the oil industry; recognizing the devastating impact oil drilling will have on the caribou, Narwhal, and other wildlife. Why decimate our environment more to increase the money of the rich and corporations? Before the environmental laws of the 1970’s, blasts to map the Arctic seabed had a profound impact on marine life. For example: Inuit seal hunters, noticed that the seals didn’t react to the approaching hunters. Upon closer investigation, they saw puss coming from the ears of the seals. The blasts had caused deafness to the seals, diminishing their protection from predators. It is our responsibility as not just citizens of the U.S., but citizens of the world, to conserve, preserve and protect our lands, air, and waters.
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02/10/2019
Of course Arctic Drilling should be banned.
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Argument opposed

Oil taxes are a critical source of tax revenue for Alaskan communities, providing much-needed money for government services, infrastructure, and more. In order to maintain this revenue source, the door should be open to additional energy exploration in the Arctic.

RAN's Opinion
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02/10/2019
No, drilling should not be banned in the arctic.
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Fred's Opinion
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02/10/2019
We depend on fossil fuels. Our economy would be screwed without them. Low income people would freeze to death if we go cold turkey to new and more expensive forms of energy. There should be incentives to explore and perfecting everlasting energy sources- solar, wind, hydro and thermal (heat from earth’s core) but the use of fossil fuels should not be penalized. Yes the oil companies are corrupt and have us by the genitalia, but at the same time our way of life is built around oil and natural gas. We need to gradually change over but it will take time. If you want to make a law how about one for companies knowingly holding back discoveries that could help man kind? Like when Exxon bought the patents for battery technology and sat on it. And the medical industry with lots of ‘treatments’ but very few cures coming out. Diabetes insulin $800 what’s up with that??
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James's Opinion
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02/10/2019
Fat chance! Get it while it’s there because if we don’t the Russians and Chinese will! How are you going to ban them? They are positively laughing at us! Green Mew Deal and Socialism my foot!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019
    I urge you to ban the extracción of fossil fuels in the arctic.This kind of action will make things worse with weather change . There will come a time that America will have to face the consequences of weather change if we don’t do something about it.
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    Except the moron Gop doesn’t believe in climate change in the face of mountains of facts they would rather stick their heads up their asses and keep denying. It’s like they’re on the titanic after it’s hit an iceberg saying impossible this ship is unsinkable. How are such fools sitting in Congress?
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    Leave the Arctic alone!
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    Can’t believe this is even up for debate
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    Fossil fuels should be harvested in order to help pay off the National Debt. Private companies finance the discovery of deposits and take a chance of a dry hole. They use American equipment, American labor and allows Americans to buy stock and get a portion of dividends. The job markets expand, labor earns a good wage and taxpayers won't have to dig in their pocket for welfare benefits. Taxpayers will also benefit from lower costs at the pump, the Feds receive their Fuel Tax. Sounds like a win-win or maybe MAGA. Instead of burn baby burn, it’s drill baby drill
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    We need the oil and we need to keep an eye on all aspects of oil production everywhere but what we need to do is not panic on what if. What if never does anything.
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    We have become the biggest producer in the world now and there is no need at this time to tap in our natural beauty to get more fossil fuel. We should ban the destruction of these areas unless it becomes a national security issue. We can currently buy with minimum impact on our environment so why wouldn’t we do that. In the mean time, we must allocate resources and focus on alternative energy like solar, wind and other natural methods and other new technologies that are renewables and have zero impact on our environment.
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    We don’t need to destroy one of the richest [in wildlife and forests] areas for profits for the few nor do we need to add more to global climate change. No drilling in the Arctic.
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    We should stop while we're ahead
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    THIS DEMOCRATIC BILL IS ANOTHER “CLIMATE CONTROL” ATTEMPT I’m in strong opposition to this Democratic bill which would declare that it’s U.S. policy that the Arctic Ocean should be managed for the best interests of the American people. The falsely defined by this bill, that by keeping fossil fuels in the ground to avoid the dangerous impacts of climate change. The bill would also falsely acknowledge that global climate change is occurring as a result of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Further, it’d recognize that climate change will continue to pose ongoing risks and challenges to the American people and government. Oil taxes are a critical source of tax revenue for Alaskan communities, providing much-needed money for government services, infrastructure, and more. In order to maintain this revenue source, the door should be open to additional energy exploration in the Arctic. The Democratic Party has yet to figure out how to grapple with climate change and has yet to craft a unified message of climate action. Instead, the party as a national establishment seems to be moving backward, toward a policy that embraces a staid status quo rather than the kind of forward-thinking necessary to stop the climate crisis.  (“We will not be bullied by the typical Democratic “FEAR TACTICS”) SneakyPete.......... 🤷🏼‍♂️👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻🤷‍♀️. 2*10*19..........
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    The United States is now the preeminent nation in oil production even surpassing Saudi Arabia. Being energy independent, not being strangled by reliance on oil by the Middle East is a national security issue. If we don’t secure the oil in the Artic region other nations will, ie Russia, China. We can’t allow that to happen. #MAGA #EnergyIndependence
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    Don’t allow the destruction of the artic by drilling for oil. We need to get off fossil fuels and on to supporting the green new deal. Let’s save the planet for our children and grandchildren
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    We need to end our dependence upon fossil fuel sooner rather than later. It is one of the major contributors to climate change and global warming and we need to the ending our dependence upon fossil fuels. We only have the one or if no matter what anyone thinks we will not see space colonization In Our Lifetime
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    Fossil fuels won’t last forever. We need to start thinking differently.
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    No, with all of the concerns about fuel, cars, planes, etc., can we afford to rule out these fuels? Unless someone comes up with a cleaner way to fuel transportation I don’t see us giving up our current modes of travel anytime soon.
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    Drill, but should be tough fines for any impact to the environment. And no tax breaks. Tax breaks at this point should be limited to non-carbon solutions like wind or solar, etc.
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    We don’t need to be dependent upon other countries
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    Prove that C02 is the climate control knob. Warming is cooling. Snow is proof of warming. Record cold is catastrophic man-made global warming. All bad weather is due to climate change. 2+2=5. Logic is white male identity politics. Forest fires are caused by “carbon pollution.” Boys are girls. If you disagree with any of this, you are a Nazi.
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    We should make an effort not to speed up the death of Earth.
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    Why is this a question? Aren't there other areas already being EXPLOITED for oil and gas exploration that aren't as vulnerable and pristine? And in danger from climate change, to boot? The reliance on fossil fuel for energy has got to be slowed, and other, more carbon-neutral alternatives need to be developed more fully.
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