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Lt. Governor Touts ANWR Solution in America’s Heartland

February 29, 2012, Chicago, IL – With Americans feeling the pinch of gas prices at pumps across the nation, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell brought the message of Alaska’s world-class oil reserves to America’s heartland today.

“Thirteen percent of the world’s undiscovered oil, and 30 percent of its gas could be found in the Arctic, and America got a big share of that when it bought Alaska,” Treadwell said.

Treadwell spoke to audiences comprising business investors, environmentalists, energy policy analysts and university students at the Chicago Global Affairs Council and the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

“Gas prices just went up in Chicago by $0.50 per gallon this week. The Keystone pipeline debate is raging, but keeping the Alaska pipeline full should be in the headlines, as well. Our nation is dependent on imports from unstable nations and the time is long overdue for the federal government to act on domestic energy production. Take a new look at Alaska – we stand ready to be the major supplier of U.S. oil,” Treadwell said.

Treadwell commended Alaska Congressman Don Young for pushing a bill to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) through the House.

“This is the 12th time opening ANWR has moved to the Senate,” Treadwell said. “It’s time U.S. senators take a stand for America’s future and give their support.”

“Alaska is one-fifth the size of the rest of the nation. ANWR is about the size of Massachusetts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the proposed drilling footprint is only about one-fifth the size of Washington D.C.’s Dulles International airport,” Treadwell said.

The lieutenant governor also spoke about Alaska’s history of environmental responsibility and the state’s commitment to investing in renewable energy resources, as well as hydrocarbons.

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