Obama’s Massive Land Grab Has Alaska Furious: ‘We Will Fight Back’
"President Obama announced Sunday that his administration plans to lock up the oil-rich 1.5 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain and offshore areas in Alaska from oil and gas exploration.
Obama is asking Congress to designate 12 million acres of ANWR as a “wilderness” to keep it off-limits to development, despite widespread Native Alaskan support for drilling in the area. ANWR’s coastal plain alone is estimated to hold 28 billion barrels of oil."
Environmentalists have long campaigned to hinder oil production in Alaska.
"But Alaska lawmakers were furious with the administration’s proposal — for decades Alaska Republicans and Democrats have been pushing for opening ANWR to drilling.
“What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” said Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “It’s clear this administration does not care about us, and sees us as nothing but a territory.”
The Obama administration has already proposed designating 226 million acres of waters off Alaska’s coast as a critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal. Alaska’s outer continental shelf is believed to be home to the world’s largest untapped oil and gas reserves. According to Alaska’s Resource Development Council, the outer shelf could hold 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
“The promises made to us at statehood, and since then, mean absolutely nothing to them,” Murkowski said. “I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska. But we will not be run over like this. We will fight back with every resource at our disposal.” I am pretty sure that if Russia needs an influx of natural oil and gas Putin will have no problem drilling for it off the coastline of Alaska.
Alaska’s energy production has been hampered in recent years due largely to federal restrictions and adverse economics. In recent months, the state has seen its financial situation grow worse because of plummeting oil prices. At one point, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline used to transport some 2.1 million barrels per day. It now carries well under 1 million barrels per day. The pipeline has so far only carried oil from state lands, as federal lands have been off-limits. The pipeline will have to be shut down and dismantled if it drops below 300,000 barrels per day. Opening federal lands would allow more oil and natural gas exploration and bring prosperity to our country along with a steady of supply of domestic oil and natural gas. Shutting down the Trans-Alaska pipeline would be a huge mistake and would cost millions to reopen under a more economically friendly administration.
"Environmentalists have been keen on slowing down the flow of oil through the pipeline to make it uneconomical and impractical to get oil from Alaska. Eco-activists have labelled Alaska a ground-zero for global warming, saying shrinking sea ice levels are harming polar bears, wildlife and Native Alaskans – despite evidence to the contrary."
I thought that states were supposed to be sovereign under the Constitution of the United States? I was under the impression that under our Constitutional form of government that each state could operate independently of the federal government and enact their own laws. This central planning has brought our economy to a standstill and it appears it is only going to get worse if there is not a FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE at the federal government level to address this encroachment of the federal government into private property, and meddling into State’s affairs.
You would think that our elected leaders would be fighting to protect the rights of individuals and states. But on the contrary the federal government seems to be doing everything it can to hinder the economy and stifle energy production through regulations and the federalization of state lands.