Robert Redford slams GOP tax bill over Arctic drilling
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Actor Robert Redford is savaging President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE and congressional Republicans' tax-reform push, saying the effort would gut protections for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) by opening it up to oil exploration and drilling.

In an op-ed published in Time magazine on Monday, Redford, 81, blasted the tax overhaul as a "dirty deal" with a little-noticed provision that would allow oil drilling in 1.5 million acres of the refuge in Alaska.

"They are claiming to pay for proposed tax cuts by charging oil companies $100 million a year to mine the Refuge but we all know what’s really going on," he wrote. "$100 million dollars sounds great, but don’t be fooled. It won’t even pay the interest on our new debt for even a single day."

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Senate Republicans approved their version of a sweeping tax overhaul earlier this month. That measure included a provision that would open up a section of ANWR to drilling. 

Republicans have long championed the prospect of opening the refuge up for drilling. The inclusion of the provision in the Senate's tax bill helped to secure the vote of Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSessions torched by lawmakers for marijuana move Calif. Republican attacks Sessions over marijuana policy Trump's executive order on minerals will boost national defense MORE (R-Alaska), who has since been named to the conference committee charged with reconciling the differences in the House and Senate tax bills.

In his op-ed, Redford, a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, called for opponents of the bill to take swift action by warning members of Congress that they will be held responsible if they allow the ANWR provision to go through. 

"It’s a dirty deal — but it’s not a done deal," Redford wrote. "Republicans are scrambling to get their tax scam out of Congress and onto Trump’s desk by Christmas. I believe we can still stop it — but we’ve got days, not weeks."