Jessica Girard

Senate Republican Policy Cmte

Now that Congress has OK’d oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain, opponents are preparing for the next phase in their decades-long struggle to protect the environmentally sensitive area.

“The Arctic is the leading edge of climate change; our leading indicator of what the entire planet faces,” President Obama told foreign ministers from around the world meeting last summer in Anchorage that he came to Alaska to draw attention to climate change and how it’s affecting the Arctic.