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The following editorial appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday, Jan. 17:
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Proponents of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling are expected to make another push in Congress in the coming months. The idea is that, given November's electoral results, this next legislative session offers backers their best chance. But the curious thing is that the folks one would think would have the most to gain by opening up the refuge may be losing some interest.
Recently, ConocoPhillips, the largest oil producer on Alaska's North Slope, pulled out of a lobbying group pushing for opening up the refuge. The company …