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The attacks in New York and Washington have created new support within the debate about opening the Alaskan refuge for drilling. Senator Larry Craig (Republican-Idaho) is leading the revived discussion, claiming that the U.S. should open the refuge to ensure adequate oil supplies and encourage economic growth. "The reality is we can drill in ANWR, and we can do it safely," said Craig. Supporters of drilling in the area said the barred region contains enough crude to equal U.S. imports from Iraq for 70 years.
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