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House Budget Resolution Sacrifices the Arctic Refuge, Clean Air, and Clean Water for Big Polluter Profits

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S House of Representatives released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution which includes instructions that would allow the House Natural Resources Committee to throw open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for destructive oil drilling via the federal budget process. By instructing the committee to find $5 billion over 10 years, Congress can throw out protections from drilling in the Arctic Refuge through the budget reconciliation process.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

"House Republicans did not get the memo that Donald Trump is one of the least popular Presidents in history, as their budget resolution embraces the same dirty and dangerous motivations as Trump’s proposal. But even worse than that, House Republicans are using the budget process to try and sneak a massive giveaway to the oil industry past the public by proposing to throw the pristine Arctic Refuge open to destructive drilling. That’s on top of ruthless cuts to the programs that protect our health from deadly pollution so that money can be dumped into tax cuts for billionaires.

“This isn’t just a dangerous budget, it’s offensive because of cuts and gimmicks that enrich big polluters and endanger wildlife, native communities, our most pristine places, and the health of our families. Americans want the Arctic protected, they want clean air, and they want healthy communities but this budget proposal provides none of those things. It should be rejected without delay.”

 

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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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