Enviros Plan To Crush ANWR Drilling Using Waves of Frivolous Lawsuits

Note all the ‘sacred’ wildlife being destroyed from drilling in Prudhoe Bay

Environmentalists believe they can use waves of litigation to render moot a proposal within the Republican-led tax bill allowing energy companies to drill in a remote part of Alaska.

Environmental rules, miles of bureaucratic red tape, and lawsuits from environmental groups could stymie attempts to develop the untapped resources of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), even as Republicans pass legislation lifting a bock on exploration in the areas.

“It’s still an open question about whether drilling will ever happen there,” Matt Lee-Ashley of the left-leaning Center for American Progress told reporters Tuesday. “It’s hard to image that drilling will occur in the next 10 years — or ever.”

Lawmakers approved a Republican tax plan Tuesday that includes a provision forcing the Interior Department to hold lease sales in a coastal portion of the 19-million-acre federally protected wilderness area, which is estimated to contain 11.8 billion barrels of recoverable crude.

Activists managed to dodge a few bullets during the lead up to the tax bill. Lawmakers spared a $7,500 electric-vehicle tax credit and a wind production tax credit that Republicans nixed to balance out the hefty tax bill. Activists argue the credits are crucial for propping up the solar industry, as well as keeping electric vehicles affordable.

They might have a point. Electric car sales slumped badly in Georgia, going from 1,400 a month to just 100 a month after the state shuttered its $5,000 credit. Other countries have eliminated electric vehicle credits with similar results.

The final bill also preserved a phase-out of tax incentives for both the solar and wind industries passed in 2015, most of which are set to expire in 2020 and 2022, respectively. But many environmental groups are not happy about having to swallow such a bitter pill allowing energy groups their way in Alaska.

They successfully fought ANWR drilling for decades, and now they’re taking the battle to the courtrooms.

“The fight has just begun,” Bernadette Demientieff, who was one of the principal founders of a group in 1988 that worked to fight similar proposals, told reporters. “We will rise up and protect the Arctic Refuge and the ‘Sacred Place Where Life Begins’ just as our ancestors have before us.”

Proponents of the measure remain undaunted — they are willing to play the long game for future success.

The proposed development area is in the ‘ANWR Coastal Plain’

“The United States really needs to find new places to prospect for oil, not for today, but for the future,” Robert Dillon, a consultant and former aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said in an interview with Bloomberg shortly after the bill was passed.

He added: “You need to be looking 10, 20, 30 years out to know where your supply is going to come from for the future of the country.”

h/t Daily Signal for images and perspective

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    Spurwing Plover

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    They’ll use any excuse any lie they can come up with like The Sacred Land or the Fragile Eco-System poppycock i mean face it they only care about Money lots and lots of money big big $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ their favorite sound is KA-CHING,KA-CHING,KA-CHING, these green Nazis/Watermelons want piles of cash from the usial suckers who fall Hook.Line & Sinker for their fruadulent ideas all the Green they want $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and fat bankbook

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    Sonnyhill

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    Would those activists dare demonstrate on the North Slope? Would they watch where the huskies go and eat that yellow snow? Would the locals club them with lead-filled snow shoes and treat them to dog-doo snow cones? In a circular motion?
    Alaska needs to send the Hollywood has-been’s home on ice.

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    rakooi

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    The fact that Educating the public,
    providing legislative guidance & regulations in order to
    influence the behavior of industries around the world, has worked ! !
    Is hardly an excuse to pat yourself on the back
    &
    refuse to do anything else or to keep doing the work
    in line with the Biblical Imperative to be GOOD STEWARDS of GOD’S CREATION.
    .
    By the way,
    the fact that we have reduced some emissions from COAL ELECTRIC Generation Plants
    …does NOT make them CLEAN POWER PLANTS.
    .
    ((( CLEAN COAL does not exist )))
    .
    EVERY year,
    more and more, Unsupervised open Air, earth lined, Ponds and Pools
    are created to DUMP TOXIC COAL ASH WASTE ! !

    (( did you catch that word “TOXIC” ))

    Approximately 2000 sites in 47 states !
    .
    Mostly Unsupervised,
    ..Virtually NO MINIMAL STANDARDS
    .
    (( all of those tested to date ))
    1.
    ….most unlined and leaching TOXINS into our Drinking Water Aquifers
    2.
    ….most earthen dams
    periodically spilling BILLIONS OF GALLONS OF TOXINS
    into our Rivers, our Towns and our SCHOOL YARDS
    3.
    ….Nearly ALL slowly leaking toxins into creeks.
    * * *
    *
    Forest Fires are indeed up !
    …and every forestry official from Alaska thru Canada/Russia
    and
    across the US, point to dry weather & higher winds.
    .
    Along with Forest Fires, the LOWLY Pine Beetle , CONFINED BY THE COLD TEMPERATURES up north.
    …Far into the Southern Latitudes….of the mainland states.

    NOW can routinely be found north of Fairbanks, Alaska and across Canada.
    Canadian Forestry Officials declare MORE lodge pole pines are being felled by
    ” THOSE DAMN PINE BEETLES ”
    than by
    FIRE and LOGGING combined.
    .
    WE ARE TALKING ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING
    and
    REAL THREATENING CLIMATE CHANGES !

    LET’S BRING ALL THIS JOY to the VIRGIN ALASKAN WILDERNESS
    ALL IN THE NAME OF HELPING OIL BILLIONAIRES BECOME EVEN
    WEALTHIER !

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Rakooi is too long winded too much of a Megaphone Mouth Blah Blah Blah. Squawk, Squawk,Squawk,Skreee,Skreeet,Kraaaaw

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