Watching Government: Clinton and ANWR

07/17/2000
Pres. Bill Clinton has always opposed oil exploration on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain in northeastern Alaska.His administration has repeatedly threatened to veto any bills to allow exploration on the 1.5 million acre plain, although the area, just east of Prudhoe Bay oil field, is easily the most promising undrilled region in the nation.Now the Alaska congressional delegation is concerned that Clinton, to enhance his administration's already sterling environmental legacy, might declare the coastal plain a national monument-a backdoor approach to preventing development.The 1906 Antiquities Act allows the president to protect historic landmarks and other area...
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