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As Senate takes first step toward drilling in ANWR, fate of refuge may hinge on tax politics

Political opponents of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling emphasize the environmental risks of such an endeavor. Allowing fossil-fuel development in a long-contested 1.5 million-acre patch of the refuge, opponents say, would disrupt the area's wildlife, in particular the caribou that give birth within the proposed drilling site.


As Republicans may soon learn, however, there is political risk to the legislative push to drill there — one that could bore a hole into the GOP’s biggest legislative goal after the failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


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