The Senate passed an energy bill in June that is free of any provision that would open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling.
Under pressure from pro-Arctic Senate leaders and a majority of Americans, Alaska lawmakers abandoned a drilling amendment that would have transformed our nation's premier birthing ground for polar bears, caribou and other Arctic wildlife into an industrial web of oil rigs, pipelines and roads.
Meanwhile, NRDC has won a federal court order temporarily blocking the Shell oil company from drilling just offshore of the refuge in the Beaufort Sea.
The Bush administration had approved Shell's exploratory drilling scheme despite the likelihood of oil spills and other devastating impacts on Arctic wildlife.
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