The Arctic Refuge is America’s most iconic wildlife refuge and one of the largest remaining intact ecosystems in the world. It has sustained the Gwich’in tribe for centuries, which is why it is called “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” The Arctic Refuge is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including caribou, wolves, polar bears, and nearly 200 species of migratory birds.
Drilling the arctic refuge is the wrong direction because climate change is most serious issue facing our way of life. Unfortunately, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and rural communities -- communities hit hardest by climate change, environmental degradation, and poverty -- are in the unfair position of having to choose between their livelihoods and their land. We should be incentivizing all forms of clean energy development and production, and we should be working with Tribes and local communities to identify and develop sustainable economic opportunities; that way we are fighting climate change while also ensuring families and communities can survive and thrive.
In Congress, I will introduce the Tribal & Rural Clean Energy Incentive Act. Its aim will be to incentivize tribal and rural land holders to shift away from oil, gas, and coal, and toward a clean energy economy by providing access to capital and other resources to produce solar, wind, and geothermal energy.