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Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Op-Ed is a prickly response to Sally Jewell’s Op-Ed.

Despite Jewell’s well-reasoned, multifaceted article, Murkowski’s response was essentially confined to the (questionable) argument that more oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will result in no adverse environmental impacts (an argument that is rather disingenuous when no mention is made of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, evidence of which can still be found almost 30 years later).

Murkowski ignored salient points made by Jewell: That there exists a “massive surplus of oil and gas leases and permits”; that “the most promising oil plays are still in the Lower 48”; that Murkowski’s claim that drilling would send $1 billion to the U.S. Treasury over 10 years “doesn’t pass the laugh test.”

I get that when you have a bad case there is a tendency to ignore certain facts, but Murkowski’s Op-Ed is misleading at best, fraudulent at worst.

Mick Tronquet, Seattle