Trump's budget renews debate on Arctic refuge oil drilling
May 28, 2017
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to help balance the federal budget features a new attempt to open the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to petroleum drilling.
The effort is the latest chapter in a long-running political fight between two camps: environmentalists, who revere the plain as a maternity ward for polar bears, caribou and migratory birds; and politicians, including those in Alaska's congressional delegation, who have campaigned for four decades on the promise of jobs and prosperity through "opening ANWR."
The refuge covers 2,300 squ...