Indigenous Alaskan leaders say Biden's oil-related executive orders threaten their communities

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Jan 30th, 2021 10:43 am

Last Updated Jan 31st, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat (VOICE), a native Alaskan activist group, criticized President Joe Biden's recent executive orders that they claim threaten the "sustainability" of their indigenous communities.

"The president's actions hinder Alaska's growth and potential, and significantly hamstring the sustainability of our rural Native communities," said VOICE President Sayers Tuzroyluk. "The North Slope of Alaska has a singular economy in oil and gas, and we entertain jobs and opportunities with the industry because nobody else is providing them."

Biden's executive orders have deprived the Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation and its workers access to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, which VOICE says will have a "significant effect on jobs and the economy" of Alaska and the Iñupiat region.

"We are eager to hear the Biden administration's plan to replace the economy that it's brought to a standstill, and look forward to working side-by-side with the President to create new, sustainable solutions," Tuzroyluk added.

Biden took executive action on Wednesday to terminate all oil and gas leases on federal land, and to eliminate coal, oil, and natural gas as electricity sources by 2035.

🔦 During the first 2020 presidential debate, Biden promised he would begin a "transition from the oil industry."


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