Murkowski Attacks Wilderness In Lower 48, Echoing Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy

Posted by Mike Confino, January 29, 2015

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After three days of headline-grabbing claims that President Obama’s proposal to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge constitutes a “war on Alaska,” Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) aimed a shot of political payback at hunters, anglers, and outdoor businesses that operate in the lower 48 states.

With a controversial and sweeping amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill that the Senate is considering, Murkowski is pressing her colleagues to vote to open more than 27 million acres of backcountry lands in the lower 48 and Alaska to mining, drilling, and logging. According to an analysis by The Wilderness Society and the National Wildlife Refuge Association, this includes nearly 15 million acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and more than 12 million acres of wilderness study areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

via Murkowski Attacks Wilderness In Lower 48, Echoing Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy | ThinkProgress.

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