LORRAINE CHOW OF ECOWATCH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Article reprinted with permission from EcoWatch
The Senate Republicans’ narrow passage of the 2018 budget plan on Thursday opened the door for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR).
But Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups criticized the GOP for sneaking the “backdoor drilling provision” through the budget process. Past proposals to drill in the refuge have consistently failed.
The budget was passed through a legislative tool known as reconciliation which only requires a simple majority, rather than 60 votes. The budget was approved 51-49, with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul joining Democrats in opposition, paving the way for President Trump‘s tax overhaul proposal.
Drilling ANWR would…
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