Trump Admin Will Auction Off Portion of Wildlife Refuge to Oil and Gas Companies Before Leaving Office

The Trump administration is auctioning off America's last wilderness to the highest bidder, making one of the president's final moves in office to bolster oil and gas companies.

On January 6, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management will hold a virtual oil and gas lease sale for drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Interested parties can bid on a 1.6 million acre chunk of coastal plain, or 8% of the entire refuge, starting at $25 an acre — all made possible by Trump's tax cuts for wealthy families and corporations in 2017.

The land up for grabs is home to more than 270 species, including birds, caribou, wolves, bears, moose, and polar bears. Indigenous communities like the Gwich'in people will also be deeply and spiritually affected by the auction.