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According to the New York Times, the Biden administration suspended oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, unspooling a signature achievement of the Trump presidency and delivering on a promise by President Biden to protect the fragile Alaskan tundra from fossil fuel extraction.


  1. How much oil is estimated to lie in this region?
  2. According to one quote in the article: ” Suspending leases in the Arctic Refuge is a major step [toward] __________________________.
  3. Does the suspension of the leases guarantee that drilling will be blocked in the Arctic refuge?
  4. What else has to happen?
  5. Why is this such an important issue?


Davenport, C., H. Fountain, and L. Friedman. (2021). Biden Suspends Drilling Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The New York Times, June 1 (Retrievable online at