Arctic Oil

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Senate Republicans say they may have found a way to bypass Democratic efforts and open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil development.

Republicans have been trying for years to allow oil drilling in the one point five (m) million-acre strip of land known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They say it's needed to keep the country from becoming more dependent on foreign oil.

However, Democrats have been able to filibuster the issue each time and warn the development could spoil an environmental landmark.

Now, Republicans say they'll include the measure in this year's budget, which isn't subject to a filibuster and only needs 51 votes to pass instead of 60.

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