Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales, known for their distinctive white color, are among the most imperiled whales on the planet. Fewer than 280 remain.
They rely on their sensitive hearing to survive, but noise from oil and gas activities makes it difficult for the whales to communicate and find food.
Now the Biden administration is proposing to lease out more than a million acres of their only habitat for drilling. We're doing all we can to stop it.
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In addition to Cook Inlet, the Arctic continues to be put at risk by Biden's unwillingness to stand up to Big Oil. While Cook Inlet belugas are rapidly disappearing, newborn polar bear cubs are denning with their mothers on the Arctic's western plain.
But, under a rule issued by the Biden administration, oil and gas companies will be scaring the mother bears off with noise, equipment and vehicles, dooming cubs too young to fend for themselves.
It's maddening that the Biden administration, despite pledges to reduce U.S. climate emissions at COP26, is still doing the bidding of oil and gas.
Just last week Biden held the largest lease sale in U.S. history: more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico.
More drilling and oil and gas exploration will only worsen the climate emergency and extinction crisis.
The two are inextricably linked. To save imperiled species, we must end the business-as-usual approach to climate.
That's why the proposal to lease out a million acres off the Alaska coast, the decision to lease out 80 million acres in the Gulf, and the rule allowing oil and gas companies to harass polar bears are all so dangerous.
We know what happens when oil and gas companies drill: Wildlife suffers and our coasts get soaked in oil — as they did this fall in Southern California.
We're ramping up our fights against the fossil fuel industry. It has to be done to save beluga whales, polar bears and our planet.
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