The Last Wild Place: War Over Arctic Oil

Beyond these mountains lies the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain, a magnificent battleground. Terry McCarthy visits the tundra where George W. Bush wants to drill for oil

White. No horizon. In the distance, sky and tundra fade together into a blue-white wash. The Arctic landscape has a great many shades of white: the crystalline white of blown snow. The gray-green white of ice on the sea. The silver white of a fox's fur. The turquoise white in the northern sky an hour before the sun comes up in the south to illuminate another short winter's day.

White. Senator Frank Murkowski of Alaska, standing on the floor of the Senate last month, holding up a blank sheet of white paper. That, he says, is all you can see in...

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