Republicans renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

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November 23, 2014

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s ascent to the top of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee is likely to reignite the decades-old debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Alaskans have been fighting for the right to drill in wilderness on their state’s northern shore since 1977, when the government first punted on the question of whether to allow oil exploration.

The new role for Murkowski (R-Alaska), a long-time advocate for drilling, presents the best chance Alaskans have had in years to extract oil from the refuge, which is about the size of Delaware. Murkowski advocated opening up 2,000 acres in ANWR for drilling in a policy blueprint she released last year.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • kyrunner says:

    It is about time to push this project forward. GEEZ! Now is the time for the GOP to flex their muscles and get America back on track. Keystone vote should occur early in January 2105 and a new very limited spending bill needs to be put in place and stop the radical actions of this rogue President.

  • patriotism-matters says:

    There’s going to be a lot of give from Obama since the RINOs are going to let him get away with his UNconstitutional EO on amnesty.
    Boehner let’s him get away with it so Obama doesn’t tell “The public” how he also signed off on the original Benghazi gun running OP and Mitch the same same for IRS after Tea Party groups. Obama lets the Rebloodlican caucus have a few gimmes to keep them quiet on scamnesty.
    Washington at it’s most despicable. Watch how drilling now goes through, XL pipeline, more war, hell maybe even some tax reduction. Boehner and Mitch will also throw the democrip gang a bone or two but they got paid the last six years, it’s the other gangs turn. Pugliosi and (G)Rid know the secrets also.

  • USACITIZEN97 says:

    THE FEDS DO NOT OWN ALASKA. IF THE RESIDENTS WANT TO DRILL FOR OIL, THEN IT IS UP TO THEM. TELL THE FEDS TO TAKE A FLYING LEAP

    1. I Seigel says:

      Yeah, it’s working out just great for North Dakota. No pollution, no oil spills, no accidents. It’s like Eden there.

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