It's getting harder and harder for polar bears to find food. The sea ice they rely on to hunt seals is vanishing.
And it's not just food that's getting scarce. Longer distances without sea ice also make it harder for these great, solitary bears of the North to find a mate.
So we're fighting — yet again — a drilling project in the heart of their habitat.
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Last August a federal court ruled in our favor and stopped the Willow Master Development Plan, a massive oil and gas project in Alaska's Western Arctic that was approved by Trump and then, adding insult to injury, defended in court under Biden.
Ignoring the true climate impacts of more oil drilling violates the National Environmental Policy Act — and failing to consider how new oil projects hurt polar bears violates the Endangered Species Act.
But now the Biden administration is considering reapproving the project.
With all we know about needing to end business-as-usual behavior on fossil fuels, it's unbearable that the administration is even thinking of moving ahead with more drilling in the Arctic.
Polar bears in Alaska could go extinct as early as midcentury without immediate, aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas pollution.
These bears are already facing down starvation and now experiencing a worrisome loss in genetic diversity.
For almost two decades, the Center has been leading the fight to protect polar bears. We wrote the scientific petition calling for their Endangered Species Act protection in 2005. Years later that work paid off when the bears were finally protected.
But that was only the beginning — we're fighting for them still.
You can help today with a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.
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