Bush promotes drilling in Arctic
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JANUARY 30, 2001

In a meeting to discuss his national energy policy, Presiden George W. Bush on Monday pointed to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a means of reducing United States dependence on foreign oil supplies.

Bush has supported opening up the refuge to oil drilling despite criticisms from environmentalists and some Alaska Natives who say development will destroy the nature of the area. Gale Norton, expected to be confirmed as Secretary of Interior today, and recently cohfirmed Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham both support drilling in the Arctic.

Bush also focused on the California power crisis yesterday. But he declined to commit immediate federal assistance to the state.

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