According to the New York Times, the Biden administration suspended oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, unspooling a signature achievement of the Trump presidency and delivering on a promise by President Biden to protect the fragile Alaskan tundra from fossil fuel extraction.
- How much oil is estimated to lie in this region?
- According to one quote in the article: ” Suspending leases in the Arctic Refuge is a major step [toward] __________________________.
- Does the suspension of the leases guarantee that drilling will be blocked in the Arctic refuge?
- What else has to happen?
- Why is this such an important issue?
Davenport, C., H. Fountain, and L. Friedman. (2021). Biden Suspends Drilling Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The New York Times, June 1 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/climate/biden-drilling-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.html)