Why the Next Arctic-Drilling Fight Might Be Over Before it Begins

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National Journal

August 28, 2015 On paper, the Obama administration is slated to sell new drilling leases in Arctic waters next year, giving big energy companies new opportunities to seek oil and natural gas that may lie beneath the icy seas. And on paper, the auction would surely inflame the longstanding left-right fight between Arctic development and conservation, putting the Obama administration between energy companies and environmentalists one more time before the president leaves office.

But off paper, and in the real world, there’s reason to believe this one isn’t actually going to happen—at least not before President Obama vacates the White House.

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