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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019

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Title

Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019

Official Title

To prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

Summary

Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019 This bill prohibits the Department of the Interior from issuing or renewing a lease or any other authorization for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean, including the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas.
    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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    No, drilling should not be banned in the arctic.
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    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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    Of course Arctic Drilling should be banned.
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    Protect our natural resources!
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    Notice how the loudest voices in favor of drilling are always taking money from Big Polluters? Lots and lots of money? Our dependence on fossil fuels is killing us.. if we use renewables we create great jobs and are no longer dependant on the murderous Saudis. Leave our pristine Arctic alone!
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    All fossil fuel production should be banned, especially in the world’s oceans. Oil & Gas is a dying industry, just like “beautiful, clean,coal”! It’s time to start investing in the future, in sustainable energy sources. America should be a leader in green industry, not an old dinosaur. Funny enough, old dinosaurs is the reason we have O&G. Both are extinct!
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    Yes fossil fuel extraction in the Arctic should be banned. The profit gains by big oil and even our Nation are not worth the externalities, the unpaid cost and the unintended consequences, of the extraction; not to mention those that are obvious. Also, we should view this as a no brainer as doing it safely cannot be trusted to business today especially with the Trump Administrations killing, not enforcing, and their general distain for environmental regulation makes it a no. Also, I’ll add that although I remain a big fan of Obama his record in environmental matters was not stellar for those knowledgeable of his policies and how lax he was in Enforcement. So absolutely not, no fossil fuel extraction in the Arctic, and it’s an absurd issue to contemplate in my view.
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    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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    To clean up an oil spill is almost Impossible in Alaska and look at Texas. One of the largest sea food supply is Alaska. The Gulf of Mexico is having a hard time recovering.
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    Any further drilling in the Arctic should be banned. Protect that fragile environment. It is already under way too much stress from many sources, including climate change. Glaciers have already retreated miles in many areas. Oil spills in Alaska have already caused considerable harm. Furthermore, environmental damage is likely to harm the robust tourism industry. Tourism is much more likely to help the local citizens than further lining the pockets of big oil companies would.
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    Ban drilling in the Arctic. Preserve this pristine area for wildlife and future generations. We have but one planet. Take care of it and move away from fossil fuels.
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    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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    Destroying our planet to mine fuel that destroys our planet and riches the rich but in the end kills us all.
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    OMG, Cndrla, thank you. Very necessary information. Very scary! Absolutely! Climate change is already destroying the land, the polar bears, the ice, the weather, and more, up here. It is the LAST place there should be any drilling. The area there is so remote, it would be literally impossible to get cleanup capabilities there when the massive, oil spill occurs. And it WILL occur. One day. Just like the recent mining spill in Brazil - killing hundreds and seriously polluting the land. There has never been a mine that didn’t have a spill, yet Young, Murkowski and Sullivan would have us believe the Pebble Mine and drilling in the Arctic are good ideas. Stupid and shortsighted, both! But great for THEIR bottom lines, eh? The only ones who profit from oil, coal and mining exploration are the rich corporations, the president and the legislators they support. You and I pay, pay, pay, whatever THEY decide the price to pay should be every month. I wouldn’t doubt some of those fat cats sit up there and decide how many mansions, expensive cars, luxury items, whatever, they’re needing and adjust the prices accordingly! Do you?
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    Look at imagery of west Texas to see the impact of oil production. Imagine this in the Arctic region.
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    No drilling in the Arctic! You need to stop destroying the planet and start protecting it.
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    Leave it in the ground.
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    Drilling in the Arctic is bad for the local environment, nature, and the global climate. There are plenty of other places to extract oil and gas. The Arctic must be off limits to drilling, mining, and development.
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    We need to force ourselves to wean off hydrocarbons as much as possible.Legislation to prevent further discoveries is a step in the right direction.
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