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Reader's View: Push back on fossil-fuel expansion

The March 30 Washington Post article, "Federal judge declares Trump's push to open up Arctic, Atlantic oceans to drilling illegal," was great. It celebrated the protection of oceans.

However, I think it is important to note that we can no longer afford to ignore the impact of fossil-fuel production and use on our climate and on the world’s wildlife. It is imperative that attempts to expand the exploration and production of fossil fuels are not only slowed but completely stopped.

The decision this spring by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason to pronounce that President Donald Trump’s order to revoke oil- and gas-drilling bans in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans was illegal was one of several recent decisions pushing back on this administration’s crusade to expand fossil-fuel production.

The next step should be ensuring the continuous protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Hanna Sedqi

Minneapolis

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