Alaska senators introduce legislation to open Arctic Refuge to drilling
Photo: Madhav Pai
The push to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is back on. Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens have introduced legislation that would allow drilling in the Refuge if oil should hit $125 a barrel for five straight days. (For those keeping track at home, oil prices Thursday hit a record high of $111 a barrel.) “I can’t believe that they would do this again; that dog won’t mush,” says Cindy Shogan of the Alaska Wilderness League, with an admirably Alaskan cliché. A Sierra Club spokesperson postulates that the legislation has neither much support outside Alaska nor enough votes to overcome a filibuster in the Senate. But still.