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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

For America's Last Frontier, 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act a Chance to Celebrate Wild Alaska

Cindy Shogan | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Cindy Shogan

The same tug-of-war between development and preservation that led to the passage of the Wilderness Act exists to this day. Every generation of Americans faces moments when we must choose between the pressures of the now and the hopes for the future.

Keeping Our Arctic Wilderness Wild

David Yarnold | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
David Yarnold

Fifty years ago, the battle to create the magnificent Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in far northeastern Alaska inspired Congress to approve America's Wilderness Act, the law that has since protected millions of acres of some of our nation's most iconic and cherished wild places. The Arctic Refuge is, simply put, astonishing.

A 50th Birthday Present for Wilderness Act: Keep Arctic Coastal Plain Wild

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Only about 210 million acres of true wilderness remain in America. Roughly half of those have been protected under the Wilderness Act, but the rest remain vulnerable to the pressures of mining, logging, and especially energy development.

Lt. Governor Candidate Says State Should 'Invade' Arctic Refuge

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Dan Sullivan, the mayor of Anchorage and a Republican primary candidate in the Alaska lieutenant governor's race, has a plan for the much-contested Ar...

Senators Mark Kirk and Maria Cantwell Go on the Offense to Protect the Arctic Refuge

Cindy Shogan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Cindy Shogan

The Arctic Refuge and its Coastal Plain -- the Refuge's "biological heart" -- are home to polar bears, grizzly bears, wolves, wolverines, muskoxen and more than 130 species of migratory birds.

Open Up ANWR

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
T. Boone Pickens

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built more than 30 years ago, and at one time we were getting more than 2 million barrels a day out of it. Now that number has fallen almost 75 percent to about half a million barrels a day.

Climate Recon: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Stacy Bare | Posted 11.03.2013 | Green
Stacy Bare

The last two weeks I spent in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with four other military veterans and two volunteer guides from the Sierra Club. The weather was colder, and snowier, than any trip in the 30+ years of combined experience from both guides.

Taking a Stand for Our Arctic Ocean

Cindy Shogan | Posted 10.27.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

In June, President Obama said, "we can't just drill our way out of the energy and climate challenge that we face." I am hopeful that the president will heed his own advice, and keep our Arctic Ocean safe from dirty and dangerous oil drilling.

Alaska Officials Continue to Push Dead-end Proposal for Development in the Arctic Refuge

Cindy Shogan | Posted 09.01.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

No $50 million offer can undo more than 50 years of conservation history. We thank Secretary Jewell and the Interior Department for rejecting the Parnell proposal and upholding the Obama administration's commitment to keep drilling in the Refuge "off the table."

Seeing Global Warming Through Gray Braasch's Eyes

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 08.24.2013 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

Stories of climate change however, come to us, one at a time, or a few might overlap, but rarely do we get a comprehensive look at once. If you live in New England, or visiting there this summer, you'll have an opportunity to see--varieties of climate change impacts from around the world.

Support for Keystone XL Pipeline 'Zucks,' Facebook Says

OnEarth | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Jessica Camille Aguirre, OnEarth Usually when hordes of people threaten to quit Facebook, it's over an unpopular redesign or a sneaky switch in the...

Bloomberg's Obama Endorsement Brings Candidate's Energy Policy Back in Focus

Richard Schiffman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

While Romney is clearly the first choice of America's fossil fuel industry, Big Oil and Gas have thrived under Obama too, even if he has not given them a totally free reign. 

Americans Say Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Good

Cindy Shogan | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Cindy Shogan

We agree and are hoping for a bit more to celebrate by the time the year is over when Secretary Salazar recommends Wilderness for the Coastal Plain of the Refuge -- to recognize that the Arctic Refuge should be protected as one of our greatest treasures, as Americans want it to be.

PHOTOS: Brooklyn Decker's Rugged Arctic Adventure

Posted 08.30.2012 | Travel

Brooklyn Decker headed to the Arctic with The Sierra Club earlier this month to spend a week in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The remote are...

Murkowski Offers Obamas Milkshakes In Exchange For Frank Discussion

Fuel Fix | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has invited President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for a milkshake to discuss producing oil in the Arctic National W...

10 Beautiful Places Humans Could Destroy

Michael Klare | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Michael Klare

There are many good reasons for speeding the development of renewable sources of energy, not the least of which is the threat posed by accelerating climate change. But a look at these threatened habitats might provide another good reason to hasten the introduction of alternatives.

The Idea That Drilling Can Cure Unemployment Is A Joke

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

To be a modern Republican in good standing, you have to believe — or pretend to believe — in two miracle cures for whatever ails the economy: more...

Arctic Oil Drilling Threatens Polar Bear Birthing Grounds

Rocky Kistner | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
Rocky Kistner

Should we believe the industry that brought us Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon that oil blowouts can be contained and controlled in the frigid oceans of the arctic?

Sassy Alaskan Lawmaker Says Central Park Should Be A Wildlife Refuge

Posted 03.27.2012 | New York

An Alaskan official-- irritated at pesky, state's-rights-hating lower-48ers attempting to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife refuge...

WATCH: Congressman Flips Out On Professor

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics

Alaska Congressman Don Young got into a heated discussion with Rice University professor Doug Brinkley at a hearing on Friday. Young addressed Brin...

When Despots and Bullies Run The Government (VIDEO)

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

A heated exchange between two Congressmen and a historian they didn't want to hear from shows what happens to democracy when knowledge is no longer the arbiter of what is true, but is simply another "way of knowing."

Alaska To Push Back Oil And Gas Lease Sale

AP | BECKY BOHRER | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska is pushing back what it says will be one of the biggest oil and gas lease sales in the U.S. this year, citing the potent...

The Arctic Refuge: A Place Worth Fighting For

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

The evidence is clear: oil companies cannot be trusted with our treasured places -- and that includes the Arctic refuge.

Earth Activism: What We Don't Want

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

The EPA is under attack from the Republicans, and we must fight to protect the very agency that works to protect public and ecological health in America. Is this a private fight or can anyone get in it? Earth activism is a public fight.

House Rhetoricians vs. Santa's Reindeers

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

Reindeer are dying in large numbers all across the Arctic. If the actions of the House Rhetoricians are allowed to play out this year, Rudolph won't be here much longer to carry Santa around the globe.