Robert Redford slams GOP tax bill over Arctic drilling
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Actor Robert Redford is savaging President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 MurkowskiGOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks Overnight Defense: Officials brief Congress after Iran shoots down drone | Lawmakers fear 'grave situation' | Trump warns Iran | Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales | Bombshell confession at Navy SEAL's murder trial The 7 GOP senators who voted to block all or part of Trump's Saudi arms sale 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."