The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management wants to lease over 1 million acres of Alaska's Cook Inlet to oil and gas companies next year. If the lease sale is held, the harms from offshore drilling will be felt for decades to come, worsening the climate crisis, risking devastating oil spills and further threatening critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales.
We can't let this happen.
The science is clear: To avoid the most catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis, we must leave fossil fuels in the ground. Alaska is already experiencing coastal erosion, increased storm effects, sea-ice retreat and permafrost melt, and it has had to relocate villages due to sea-level rise. Selling the rights to burn more fossil fuels is irresponsible and foolhardy.
Cook Inlet belugas — among the most endangered whales on the planet — are especially vulnerable to the noise and pollution of oil and gas extraction. They already suffer from a suite of human-caused threats that are putting their continued survival at serious risk. The last thing these whales need is more offshore drilling in their only habitat.
Urge the Bureau to cancel its lease sale to protect Alaska's climate, wildlife and communities.