Less than two years after Royal Dutch Shell abandoned its offshore Arctic oil exploration program and triggered an exodus of other companies in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska, the Trump administration says it's time to open more federal waters in the Arctic and elsewhere to oil drilling.
Oil industry boosters and Alaska politicians are joining President Donald Trump's administration to push for more development in an area of the North Slope that could hold huge oil reserves — over the objections of environmental groups that want existing protections upheld.
New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was in Alaska last week and appeared to make a good impression on Alaskans he met and who listened to him in speeches. Zinke met with Alaska Native leaders to discuss issues like tribal rights and sovereignty and, the next day, spoke to a friendly audience at an Alaska Oil and Gas Association conference.
As President Trump marked his 100th day in office on Saturday, up to 200,000 people took to the streets of Washington to take part in the People’s Climate March. Sister marches were also held across the country. The protesters decried President Trump’s steps to roll back environmental regulations, appoint climate change deniers as the heads of government agencies, and defund and erase climate change programs and research, including the administration’s move Friday to scrub climate science pages from the EPA’s website. The People’s Climate March began at dawn on Saturday with a water ceremony led by indigenous peoples at the Capitol Reflecting Pool.
Indigenous groups and Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming, but US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says his country will not rush to make a decision on its policies.
As his whirlwind tour of Alaska begins winding down, the nation's new interior secretary said on Tuesday he would work to give Alaska Natives more opportunities to take over wildlife management and other federal responsibilities.
President Donald Trump's interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, drew cheers from some industrial-minded Alaskans on Wednesday when he pledged to pave the way for new development on the North Slope and reinvigorate the state's oil industry.
St. Lawrence Island tribal groups tried to protect walruses. Now the animal they rely on faces a threat they cannot control.
Interesting article about how the Native Villages of Savoonga and Gambell are bringing back local tradition and practices to try and protect the Walrus from rapidly melting sea ice, including adopting local ordinances that regulate hunting practices and the allowable number of animals that can be taken.
When introducing his first budget on Monday, President Donald Trump revived a long-dormant political issue: The future of the oil underneath the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
ANWR, as it's abbreviated, is a 19-million acre piece of wilderness in the northeastern corner of Alaska. Environmentalists value it for its migratory birds, caribou and other wildlife. The energy industry values it for the estimated billions of barrels of domestic oil beneath it.
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump's White House wants to sell half of the nation's emergency oil stockpile and open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to drilling as part of plans to balance the budget over the next 10 years, documents by the administration showed.