How to drill for oil in Alaska’s wildlife refuge: Sneak it through in tax-cut bill

FILE –  A herd of musk ox graze in an area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, known as Area 1002, in this undated file photo. President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in January 2015, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge. There is no drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge now, and it would take an act of Congress to authorize any drilling in the refuge. Congress has tried and failed repeatedly to get legislation to open up the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain to drilling in the past. It came closest in 1995, when President Bill Clinton vetoed it. Obama wouldn’t be any more receptive if Congress passed legislation again. Obama’s wilderness designation requires Congress’ approval too. And Republicans in Congress, already critical of the administration on its energy policies on federal lands, are just as unlikely to give Obama what he wants. (AP Photo/Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, File) WX114

The U.S. Senate is using its tax-cut bill to slink through a measure that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America’s most spectacular protected habitat.

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