Drilling In America's 'Crown Jewel' Is Indefensible, Former Interior Officials Say

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be off limits, they say.

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of former Interior Department officials is urging members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to oppose the latest Republican-led effort to open a portion of a pristine Alaska wildlife refuge to oil and gas development. “Some places are just too special to drill,” officials from the Nixon, George W. Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations wrote in a Tuesday letter to the panel.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who chairs the committee, intro...