How much longer will we have this?

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data obtained from the Goddard Level 1 and Atmospheric Archive and Distribution System (LAADS) and boundary information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Geospatial Services.

NASA notes that December 6 marked

the fiftieth anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The refuge is the largest and northernmost national wildlife refuge in the United States. From north to south, ANWR spans 200 miles, and it covers 19.3 million acres—the size of South Carolina. Described as “the most biologically diverse conservation unit in the circumpolar north” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ANWR is home to 42 species of fish, 37 species of land mammals, and eight species of marine mammals. The refuge is also full-time or part-time home to more than 200 bird species.

The past year we have seen the US government fritter away a groundswell in favor of environmental regulation. We’ve seen it repeatedly cave to the party of selfishness and for the ruthless empowerment of the rapacious capitalists who see no value in anything other than return on investment. We’ve seen that in spite of the dangers clearly in front of it, our government will continue to pander to the drilling lobby.

The question arises, how much longer will the Arctic Wildlife Refuge remain free from the ravages of the profit-mongers who own our government?

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