On January 6, as protests in Washington, D.C., morphed into an assault on the U.S. Capitol Building and democracy itself, thousands of miles away officials from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management were opening oil lease bids submitted for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Roadless Rule, a hallmark conservation rule that has protected the most pristine, remote and wild parts of our national forests for two decades.
The Alaskan wilderness is one of the world’s wildest places. But its pristine nature is threatened by heavy industry. In this episode, Emil Ekvardt of Great.com spoke with Adam Kolton from Alaska Wilderness League about the importance of preserving this natural landscape for Indigenous people and our climate.
This piece originally appeared on Our Daily Planet. An oil and gas lease sale is scheduled for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on January 6. (Cover photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)