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Ben Geman Oct 26
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GOP moves closer to opening Arctic refuge to drilling

Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, with the Brooks Range as a backdrop. Photo: USFWS via Flickr

Today's narrow House approval of the Senate's fiscal year 2018 budget plan paves the way for subsequent legislation to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) that's immune from Senate filibuster.

Why it matters: Republicans who have unified control of Washington are closer to allowing oil exploration on the coastal plain of the refuge — possibly holding very large oil reservoirs — than at any time since ANWR bills almost made it to George W. Bush's desk in the 2005-2006 Congress.