Trump opens protected Alaskan Arctic refuge to oil drillers

The Bureau of Land Management will offer leases to the 1.6m-acre coastal plain which is home to threatened polar bears The Trump administration is finalizing plans to allow oil and gas drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that has been protected for decades. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer leases on essentially the entire 1.6m-acre coastal plain, which includes places where threatened polar bears have dens and underestimated the climate impacts of the oil leases. Parts of BLMs final statement suggest contrary to evidence that the current rapid heating of the earth is cyclical rather than human-made. Much attention in recent decades has focused on the potential climate change effects of GHGs [greenhouse gasses], …