Dems slam Arctic drilling plan as 'polar payout'

2017-10-18 13:21


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Washington - Democrats and environmental groups are denouncing a Republican plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic national wildlife refuge, saying it would defile a crown jewel of US wilderness to promote oil exports to China and other nations.

Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts called the plan a "massive corporate handout to Big Oil" that amounted to a "polar payout".

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are pushing the drilling plan, a longtime GOP goal, as a way to help pay for proposed tax cuts. The plan is included in a GOP budget proposal.

Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state called the GOP plan a "sneak attack" on the nation's wildest place.

The remote refuge is home to polar bears, caribou, snowy owls and other wildlife.

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