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  • Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge

    Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge
    President Obama proposed designating 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as protected wilderness, drawing cheers from environmentalists but setting off a bitter new battle Sunday with the Republican-controlled Congress over oil and gas drilling in pristine areas of northern Alaska.
  • After the vote and the veto, the Keystone XL pipeline could make a comeback

    The U.S. Senate launched its first great debate of 2015 this week, on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas. Predictably, the rhetoric was apocalyptic. “I think XL stands for...

    Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling

    Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling
    In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday withdrew the waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery....

    An hourly guide to midterm election race viewing

    One usually surefire way to gauge the political climate on election night is to follow the clock of poll closings across the nation, east to west. But this is no normal midterm. Several races are expected to be razor-close to the very end, and some...

    Unity ticket defeats Alaska GOP Gov. Sean Parnell in drawn-out race

    A novel unity ticket featuring independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott has defeated Republican Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska in an election so excruciatingly close that its outcome was not known until 10 days after the polls closed. As of...