Arctic National Wildlife Refuge caribou aerial

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge likely has billions of gallons of oil under it and for decades has been one of the most high-profile environmental battles. Despite opposition from conservationists and Indigenous peoples, a judge allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a Jan. 6 auction of oil and gas drilling leases in the refuge.

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This undated aerial file photo provided by US Fish and Wildlife Service shows a herd of caribou on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The refuge takes up an area the size of West Virginia and Connecticut combined in the northeast corner of Alaska.

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