JUNEAU – Members of the Alaska Senate Majority today released the following statements on the Biden administration’s decision to suspend oil and gas leases in the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
“After the welcome development last week that the Biden administration would be defending the Willow project in court, Alaskans got a case of whiplash today upon hearing that this same administration is suspending oil and gas leases in the 1002 area of ANWR,” said Senator Josh Revak, R-Anchorage, chairman of the Senate Resources Committee. “Alaska is known internationally as a shining example of environmentally responsible resource development, and yet this administration is stifling economic development and jobs here at home while giving a green light to Russian natural gas projects halfway across the globe.”
“It’s deeply disappointing that the Biden administration – rather than enforce existing federal law – is catering to the demands of radical special interest groups by suspending an achievement four decades in the making,” said Senate President Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. “ANWR development is overwhelmingly supported by Alaskans. Our right to preserve, responsibly develop and enjoy our natural resources is imperative to our survival as a state – and those rights were guaranteed through the Alaska Statehood Act, ANILCA, and most recently in a provision of the 2017 tax reform. Development in ANWR is good for Alaska, far better for the environment relative to dirty oil produced nearly anywhere else on the planet, and it’s in the national interest. We’ve had enough of the political games – let Alaskans do what we do best: get to work producing environmentally superior energy for our nation, and jobs and revenue for Alaska.”
Alaska Senate Majority