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"The White House announced Sunday that Mr. Obama would ask Congress to designate 12 million of the refuge’s 19 million acres as wilderness. The wilderness designation is the strongest level of federal protection afforded to public lands, and would forbid a range of activity that includes drilling for oil and gas and construction of roads." via the New York Times

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This takes us in exactly the wrong direction. It would expose the Eastern Seaboard, much of the Atlantic and most of the Arctic to the hazards of offshore drilling. It ignores the lessons of the disastrous BP blowout, the growing dangers of climate change and the promise of a clean energy future.

~ NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner on the announcement that the Obama administration will propose allowing oil drilling off the Atlantic Coast.

How can we really address climate change while continuing to open up new areas to drilling?