Opening up an Arctic wildlife refuge to drillers is either a sellout to the oil industry, or a symbolic win for the economy, depending on one’s position. Competing claims were made after the U.S. Senate passed a budget reconciliation proposal to open the 2,000-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge up to oil and gas drillers. The Arctic Slope Regional Corp., a title holder in the North Slope advocating for fossil fuels, pointed to an unspecified poll that showed a “clear majority” of those living in the region want responsible development. For its part, climate group Earthjustice said “a majority of Americans” oppose drilling in ANWR. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski , the Alaskan Republican who introduced the […]