The vote marked a major victory for the Bush administration and its energy policy. It came as a huge blow to environmentalists who have fought long and hard to protect what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called "one of the finest examples of wilderness left on the planet."
Hear a discussion about the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Justin Blum, energy reporter, The Washington Post
Ken Boyd, former director, Alaska State Division of Oil & Gas
Mike Daulton, assistant director of government relations, National Audubon Society and lead lobbyist for the Arctic Refuge
Robert Kaufmann, professor at the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University.
This program aired on March 16, 2005.