Alaska lawmakers push for ANWR lobby
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The Alaska Legislature is once again moving to fund Arctic Power with an extra $1 million so the group can lobby Congress to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

Arctic Power is a non-profit organization with close ties to the Bush administration. Executive director Camden Toohey was tapped by Secretary of Interior to be a special assistant for Alaska.

Toohey also has close ties to Republican lawmakers in the state. He was former assistant to the Alaska Senate Finance Committee, one of the panels which will hold hearings on a bill to fund Arctic Power.

Last year, the Legislature gave $2 million to the group. The $1 million would be on top of the amount.

The group anticipates a February vote in the Senate on energy policy. Environmental groups have begun airing television ads against drilling.

Get the Story:
Legislature poised to fund ANWR lobbying (AP 1/19)
TV ads opposing oil drilling to air in Omaha (The Lincoln Journal Star 1/19)

Relevant Links:
Gwich'in Steering Committee -
Oil Issues in ANWR, US Fish and Wildlife -
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service -
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Pro-Development site -

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