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.