Alaska Republicans up in arms after Obama proposes new protections for Arctic refuge

Posted by Mike Confino, January 26, 2015

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President Obama will call on Congress to expand protection for Alaska’s Arctic refuge to 12 million acres, including 1.5 million acres along the coastline that are rich in oil. Alaska’s congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Walker immediately criticized the Department of Interior announcement, saying it was an attack on the state’s ability to manage its own resources, reports the Anchorage Daily News. “What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” said Sen. Murkowski, who is also the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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