The Senate’s number two Republican said the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lends credibility to proposals to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
“You are not in 5,000 feet of water. You have a got a pipeline nearby. You have experience drilling in that area just a few miles away,” Kyl told reporters Tuesday.
However, opening ANWR hasn’t been seriously play since Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006.
Protecting the region is a signature goal of environmental groups and many Democrats – including Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), two of the chief architects of Senate climate and energy plans.