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A House committee chairman on Thursday denounced the Bush administration's planned sale of oil drilling rights in a prime polar bear habitat in Alaska, saying its impact on the bear population is unknown.

Rep. Ed Markey, chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, spoke out against the White House's planned sale, set for February 6.

He said the drilling should not go forward until the impact of climate change and invasive industrial activity on the animals is known. Read full article »

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