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Congressman Lowenthal on Trump Admin approval for expanded drilling in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), today, issued the following statement following the Trump Administration finalization of plans that will allow expanded oil and gas development on the 1.6 million acre coastal plain within the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR):

“Often called the ‘biological heart’ of the ANWR, the coastal plain is not just a national treasure–it is a fragile and pristine ecosystem that is also a sacrosanct place for the Gwich’in people which they call ‘the sacred place where life begins.’

“The oil and gas industry’s Republican enablers in Congress slipped an ANWR drilling mandate into their 2017 tax bill. There was no separate bill, there was no debate, and there was no vote on opening this wilderness to development.

“Now the Trump Administration has brought to fruition the dreams of the oil and gas industry that has for so long seen this pristine wilderness as nothing more than a promising cash cow, with billions of dollars of oil just waiting to be drilled and sold.

“Beyond the lure of short-term profits for the oil and gas industry, there is no reasonable or economic reasons to turn this fragile wilderness into the newest Arctic oil and gas field.”

“This is yet another ill-conceived handout to the oil and gas industry by an administration which continues to prove on a near daily basis that it cares very little for either the environment or the true desires of the American people.”

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Alan Lowenthal.


  1. We built the Alaskan pipeline in the 1970s so imagine we’ve been using it all these years. Democrats have taken lying to an artform for their party.

  2. Congressman Lowenthal fails to mention that Alaskans are very supportive of this project and want it implemented. Socialists prefer a nanny state where they tell everybody else what’s good for them. Freedom loving Americans are watching our country disintegrate with the regulations, laws, taxes and fees that are stifling our ability to make a living and take care of our families. Someone said something like – DEMOCRACY IS A WONDERFUL THING IF YOU CAN KEEP IT. (A riff on Ben Franklin’s – a republic, if you can keep it.)
    The current far-to-the-left Democrat party is determined to take away most of our liberties & free will to live as we see fit. They desire to rule this country under socialism and maybe someday communism. Which reminds me of another one. Have you heard it? YOU CAN VOTE YOUR WAY INTO COMMUNISM BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO SHOOT YOUR WAY OUT OF IT. Look around people. Do we want to end up as Belarus or Venezuela?
    VOTE REPUBLICAN. Your way of life depends upon it.

  3. Another socialist rant from socialist Alan Lowenthal. The only difference between Alan Lowenthal and Bernie Sanders is that Bernie honeymooned in the Soviet Union.

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