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Should the Dept. of the Interior allow construction of the disputed King Cove, AK road?

Screenshot from US Department of the Interior's YouTube video: Polar bears wander past Interior Secretary Sally Jewell

Recently, reports have surfaced that the Interior Department is considering building a road near the Bearing Sea for the tiny town of King Cove, Alaska. This new road will connect the town to a local hospital. The proposal of building this road has been made numerous times, dating all the way back to the ’90s, and has been vetoed repeatedly. The reason this road has been vetoed is because it goes through the federally protected Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and would be the first time ever that new roads would be allowed through federally protected lands. The refuge is 492 square-miles in size and is home to many animals such as black bears and caribou. It is also for one time a year the home of the entire world population of the black brant geese.

Supporters of the road believe it is necessary for the health and safety of the people of King Cove. Its opponents believe that the health reasons are a smoke screen and the real reason is to help the area’s largest employer, a Japanese owned fish canning plant. With all the benefits and negatives of building the road, a question comes to mind. Should the road be built through the refuge?

Video from the U.S. Department of the Interior of polar bears walking:

The Issue

Should the road be built for King Cove, AK through the wildlife refuge? Will the proposed road help save lives in King Cove? Or, would building the road do needless damage and be a giant waste of money?

Page 2: Arguments for building the road for King Cove

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