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Protecting Alaskan wilderness
Protecting Alaskan wilderness

Based on the reactions of Alaska Republicans, one might think that President Barack Obama had decided to unilaterally ban guns and snowmobiles from the 49th state instead of merely proposing to upgrade the protected status for certain federally-owned land from "national wildlife refuge" to "wilderness area." Such is the anger and resentment that seems to accompany protecting a pristine environment in a state closely tied to the energy industry. Sen. Lisa Murkowski quickly pulled out the Iran card. "I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska," she huffed in an official statement promising to "fight back...

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