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Claim: Calling the White House will help influence President Clinton to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from commercial development by designating it a national monument.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Origins: This was a legitimate issue, but the White House announced on
Whether the lack of national monument status will open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration is still a subject of debate, however. As the Associated Press reported:
"We believe, after consulting with our environmental team, that ANWR has something that some of the other areas we looked at does notLast updated: 15 December 2007
Monument designation provides increased protection against development. Such protection already is written into law for the ANWR, Siewert said, legislation from the Carter administration that specifically prevents oil drilling.
Lawmakers can enact legislation to allow development, but "it would be very hard to open it up to drilling given the narrow split that exists in Congress," Siewert said.
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