No drilling in refuge
It appears Congress is about to break another promise to the American people. It is very concerning to learn of the renewed attempt to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. The refuge is one of the last remaining wild and untouched places in the United States, and is an incredibly important habitat for birds and other wildlife. Damage to the refuge would impact all 50 states. A significant portion of mallards that winter in Arkansas, for example, breed in the Arctic Refuge.
The current threat to the refuge comes through the budget process and makes no economic sense. A promise was made to preserve the Arctic National Refuge by Republican President Eisenhower nearly 60 years ago. I hope that Senators Boozman and Cotton will work to keep the Arctic Refuge out of the final budget—it deserves to remain wild, both for the wildlife and for all of us who benefit from the splendor of bird migration.