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After repeated losses, victory is especially sweet.
That’s the case with the Alaska congressional delegation’s ANWR victory.
Congressman Don Young and Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan delivered the win after the state’s 40-year effort to be allowed to explore and drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Permission came within the Republican’s highly heralded tax reform bill.
About 2,000 acres of ANWR will be opened and developed with strictest concern for the environment, an effort made easier with technological advancement made through the decades. Plus, Alaskans yesterday and today, and likely in the future, protect the environment with guidelines for development.
Millions of ANWR acres remain off limits to development.
Environmentally responsible development in ANWR will benefit both Alaska and the nation, which will share in the revenue generated. And oil from ANWR will help to fill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline again.
This is good for the economy, for creating jobs, for improving the living standards of Alaskans and other Americans.
It also will make the nation more energy independent and enhance national security through availability of that energy.
Young, Murkowski and Sullivan can be proud of what they accomplished. Alaskans share in that pride and celebrate the victory.