Gallup survey finds little concern over global warming.Click here to read the brief
After legal challenges and revisions to its environmental impact statement, the Interior Department affirmed a 2008 lease sale off the coast of Alaska, providing an exploration opening for Royal Dutch Shell.
Environmental groups quickly condemned the decision, saying Interior was more interested in playing to Shell’s "timetable" rather than in protecting fragile Arctic ecosystems.
The backlash represents the latest instance where Interior has come in for criticism for its Arctic energy policy, where it often finds itself under fire from both industry and environmental groups as it aims to strike a balance between development and conservation.
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