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Biden Must Counter Trump's ANWR Drilling Scheme with Public Lands Fracking Ban

Judge’s decision gives green light to Trump’s rush to drill.


The Trump administration is scheduled to hold auctions for oil drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge today, after a federal judge ruled against a legal effort to halt the process.

Mitch Jones, Policy Director at Food & Water Watch, released the following statement:

"Trump rushing through these lease sales as a final handout to his cronies in the oil and gas industry is outrageous, if not surprising. Trump's consistent, willful ignorance of the realities of climate change has pushed our planet towards decades of increasing climate chaos. President-elect Biden can reverse these disastrous oil and gas industry plans by keeping his promise to ban fossil fuel extraction - including fracking - on our public lands and waters. This is a step he can, and must, take upon taking office."

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