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Obama Wants 12M Acres in AK Off-Limits

In a video released by the White House on Sunday, President Obama said he plans on asking Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of land in Alaska as protected wilderness. The decision by the president, which would block oil and gas production, was immediately criticized by the state’s Republican lawmakers who claim it will damage the state’s economy. The president says he wants to "make sure that this amazing wonder is preserved for future generations."