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This week’s vote by Democrats in the U.S. House against opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling was disappointing, but unsurprising.
Those trying to block the long-awaited ANWR lease sale expected later this year were bowing to the knee-jerk drilling opponents in the environmental community.
Those folks have fought against opening the area to leasing for years despite ample evidence that its all-important caribou herd is unlikely to be harmed by oil and gas industry activity. If past experience is a good indicator, and it certainly should be, the caribou are more likely to thrive — as they have at nearby Prudhoe Bay.