ANWR = Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

Courtesy of Reuters

The Trump Administration will take key steps to finalize a sale of oil drilling leases in the sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska just before Democrat Joseph Biden, who opposes drilling there, becomes president, a government spokeswoman said on Friday.

The White House will be sending out a call for nominations in coming days, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Anchorage, Alaska. The call is a request to energy companies on what specific land areas should be offered for sale.

That would start the clock on a 60-day period before sales could take place in ANWR, where drilling had been banned for decades before a Republican-led tax legislation signed in 2017 removed that ban. Biden opposes drilling in ANWR, while lawmakers in Alaska have long pushed to open up the ecologically sensitive area for oil and gas exploration.

“Development in ANWR is long overdue and will create good-paying jobs and provide a new revenue stream for the state – which is why a majority of Alaskans support it,” said Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of policy, economics and regulatory affairs at the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group.

Following a 30-day period after the call for nominations, the government would have to issue a notice for an impending sale of leases. Thirty days after that, the sale would take place, just before Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

I don’t give a shit if a majority of Alaskans support drilling in ANWR, a majority of Alaskans also voted for Trump, so their opinion doesn’t matter to me. 

The facts are that this is an important and precious wildlife refuge that greedy assholes should keep their fucking hands off of forever. 

Joe Biden is making climate change a very important part of his platform and is already lining up experts to participate in their policy-making decisions. 

I have every confidence that he will build upon the important protections that Obama put in place to maintain the pristine beauty of Alaska, and the last thing I want to see is Trump sabotaging things before he can even get out of the gate.