The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains 19 million acres of pristine environment, providing habitat to the Porcupine Caribou Herd, polar bears, wolves and 200 species of migratory birds. Though I have not been fortunate enough to visit the refuge myself, photographs online depict a beautiful mountainous landscape that I would love to visit someday. However, when the Trump administration put out the 2017 tax bill my dream of seeing this sacred place was jeopardized as he planned to open the refuge for drilling. Not only would every other citizen and my right to visit this location be taken away but populations of species native to these lands would be depleted as well. We need to tell oil companies to commit to not purchasing oil bids in the arctic refuge so this critical habitat can remain intact. BP has already claimed they will not be purchasing bids to drill in the refuge, but we still must convince Exxon, Chevron and Hilcorp to do the same. If not for the sake of saving the species relying on this habitat, protect the refuge for the sake of being able to visit this pristine landscape and bringing your children to visit this for years to come. The time to take action against drilling in the arctic refuge is now because once the bids are sold it will become even more difficult to protect this beautiful land. By making big oil companies pledge to not drill in the arctic national wildlife refuge we can protect this rare and pristine refuge for years to come.