The Energy 202: ANWR Is Back. It Could Make A Tax Code Overhaul A Lot Harder


Publish Date:
October 2, 2017
  • Dino Grandoni
The Washington Post
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Political opponents of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling emphasize the environmental risks of such an endeavor. Allowing fossil-fuel development in a long-contested 1.5 million-acre patch of the refuge, opponents say, would disrupt the area’s wildlife, in particular the caribou that give birth within the proposed drilling site.

As Republicans may soon learn, however, there is political risk to the legislative push to drill there — one that could bore a hole into the GOP’s biggest legislative goal after the failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The big question now is how political the historically apolitical commission becomes. “For years, FERC has been relatively fuel-neutral, instead focusing on broader and successful approaches to reliability,” Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford, told The Energy 202. “The question is whether that era has ended and we’ll now see different commissioners representing different fuel camps.”

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