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Begich Statement on Administration’s Opposition to Keystone


U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced its opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“America needs more affordable energy and the jobs its development would produce, so the Obama administration’s decision to deny or delay the Keystone Pipeline project from moving forward is disappointing and frustrating. I’ll continue to push the administration to approve this jobs-creating project.

“Meanwhile, this development underscores the need to keep moving forward on developing Alaska’s enormous energy potential in the Arctic. Good progress has been made getting to work drilling offshore in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas and in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska this year. We must keep that momentum going.

“I’ll also continue to push for oil and gas development in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This area was set aside by Congress specifically for oil and gas production, and it needs to be part of a comprehensive energy plan for the country.”

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