Biden Suspends Drilling Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The decision blocks, for now, oil and gas drilling in one of the largest tracts of undeveloped wilderness in the United States.

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“A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, powerlines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to set foot in it. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis.“ – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

DeluxeMixedNutz

Can we just get our shit together and just start mining hydrocarbons off world or just stick to nuclear energy plus solar and wind. I really would like to hope that I’m operating my last gas car.

apittsburghoriginal

We need to keep our few remaining frontiers

MadRonnie97

This behavior needs to be encouraged globally if we want a habitable planet in the future. Good for Biden, good for the world!

the_darkener

It’s interesting to contrast the ANWR debate with the keystone XL. The issue with the trans Alaska pipeline is the day the oil stops flowing is the day they start removing the pipeline. The caribou population has increased as a result of the pipeline service road and the oil workers stay off it during migration season. The size of a reportable oil spill in ANWR is one drop, the drilling itself is the least destructive in earth. Issuing new permits is the difference of an incredible project operating for another generation. With the keystone pipeline, the oil is moving are from Ottawa tar sands, the filthiest petroleum source in North America. Rather than debate the problems with tar sands, that debate is over the pipeline itself. It would be nice to discuss the real issues.

dukeofgibbon