Governor Encourages Greater Alaska Input of Arctic Issues
April 4, 2013, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s report calling for an integrated management strategy for the Arctic.
“The Interior report highlights a need for an improved state-federal partnership in the Arctic. Alaska agrees and expects to have a central role in developing next steps. We also appreciate federal attention to the need for additional infrastructure, local economic opportunities, science, and emergency response capabilities in the Arctic and urge more federal investment in each of these areas.
“From a federal, state and regional perspective, we all share many responsibilities, authorities, and interests in the Arctic, and we must work to build strong partnerships to manage the Arctic’s future. This report represents the federal perspective on a path forward, and the State will review and comment in an effort to develop a shared outlook based on opportunities for Arctic residents, Alaskans, and the nation.”