Governor Parnell Testifies on Arctic Policy Calls for New Coast Guard Station in AlaskaGovernor Parnell Testifies on Arctic Policy
Calls for New Coast Guard Station in Alaska
August 20, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today called for a new Coast Guard duty station or port on Alaska’s western or northern coast.
“Diminished sea ice and increased military and commercial activity require a greater Coast Guard presence,” Governor Parnell said. “They [the Coast Guard] need to move north and improve their capability. To provide homeland security, the Coast Guard must have new Arctic-class ice breakers.
Parnell testified at a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. The hearing, chaired by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, focused on the strategic importance of the Arctic
The governor encouraged the development of a National Arctic Doctrine that includes all stakeholders in the future of the Arctic.
“The Arctic’s abundant resources, human and natural, and our strategic location for national security demand our attention,” Governor Parnell testified. “The people of Alaska understand and eagerly accept our role in the examination and development of national Arctic policy.
“Any conversation about the Arctic must also include Alaska’s natural resources: coal, gold, zinc, silver, copper, natural gas and oil. These resources make the Arctic vital to American energy security.
“Alaska is America’s Arctic energy breadbasket. We have traditional and renewable sources of energy in staggering volumes here. Alaska can play an even greater role in reducing the amount of oil and gas we import from abroad. And we can be America’s test-bed for renewable and alternative energy sources.”
A copy of the governor’s official remarks submitted to Senator Murkowski can be found at: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/pdf/GovParnell-ArcticPolicyTestimony_Aug20-2009.pdf