The heart-wrenching video of a starving polar bear on Baffin Island has gone viral. Unfortunately, while the world weeps, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are trying to use their tax bill to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
The Arctic Refuge is an amazing habitat for polar bears, as well as the birthing ground of an enormous caribou heard, and home to muskoxen, arctic foxes and 200 species of migratory birds.
In addition to directly jeopardizing the animals that rely upon the Arctic Refuge, the Republican plan to drill also further commits our energy future to more global-warming causing pollution, the number one reason polar bears are endangered. Climate change is already devastating the sea ice habitat that polar bears rely upon, and drilling in the Arctic Refuge will only make our climate crisis worse.
To defend polar bears like the one seen in the tragic viral video, we need to immediately move away from dirty energy sources and embrace a clean energy future. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge would be a huge step in the wrong direction. Tell your member of Congress to protect polar bears and the Arctic and oppose drilling today.