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Time running out for opponents of Arctic drilling

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Arctic drilling : time running out

Opponents of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) are running out of time and leverage.

Negotiators in Congress this week said that a compromise Republican tax cut bill will include a provision allowing drilling in ANWR, which has rich oil reserves.

With GOP leadership looking to get the tax bill to President Trump's desk by Christmas, environmentalists are running out of time to rally foes of ANWR drilling — and the prospects for success appear bleak.

Even those House Republicans skeptical of ANWR drilling are indicating that its inclusion in the tax bill won’t be a deal-breaker.

Asked if drilling opponents are racing the clock, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) replied, “Yes.”

“It’s an underrated aspect of this bill,” he said. “This has been a generations-long battle to preserve that refuge, and we’re going to find out the fate of it next week, so if anyone is not yet mobilized, now’s the time.”

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