Caribou Study Fuels Debate on Drilling in Arctic Refuge

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Science  19 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5567, pp. 444-445
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5567.444a

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One week, experts say that oil drilling will harm caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The next week, they say it won't. That is how the press and some lawmakers have portrayed a recent federal study and hastily done addendum by Department of the Interior biologists that came out on the eve of a Senate vote on drilling. The apparent turnabout is the latest example of how Interior Secretary Gail Norton is manipulating science to promote the Bush Administration's views, drilling opponents say. But the scientists involved tell a more complicated story.