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Murkowski Morning Meeting, 7/24/2012 - Natural Gas' Next Step?


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

U.S. Senate Events 

New Markets for Natural Gas?

Alaskan Impact: America’s fossil fuel resource boom is opening new opportunities for the use of natural gas. The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today took a look at the potential to expand natural gas use to fuel the transportation sector . Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke about the benefits of expanding markets for America’s vast natural gas resources, but also cautioned against too much government interference.

6:00am AKDT

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Topic: “Investment in, and Barriers to Expanded Usage of Natural Gas as a Fuel for Transportation”

Testimony from:

  • Dave McCurdy, President and CEO of the American Gas Association
  • Michael Gallagher, Senior advisor for Westport Innovations, Inc.
  • Reg Modlin, Director of regulatory affairs for Chrysler Group, LLC.

Watch the entire hearing online: http://bit.ly/OcFCUU

Murkowski: We couldn’t even have this conversation if we didn’t have so much natural gas.

House of Representatives Events

Fighting a Meth Resurgence

Alaskan Impact: Methamphetamine arrests in Alaska are on the rise, as is the amount seized in raids.  Today, the House Oversight Committee discussed how to stop a national resurgence in production and distribution of meth on America’s streets.

6:00am AKDT

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing

Topic: “State and Federal Efforts to Solve the Meth Production Resurgence”

Testimony from:

  • R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Ronald Brooks, Director, Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
  • Rob Bovett, District Attorney of Lincoln County, Ore.

Watch the entire hearing online: http://1.usa.gov/NmXDUb

Off the Hill Events

The Importance of the Air Force in Alaska

Alaskan Impact: United States Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz is no stranger to Alaska, having served as Commander of Alaska Command from 2000-2002.  Before he formally transfers power to his potential successor, nominee General Mark Welsh III, he will address the Pentagon press corps with observations about his nearly 40 years of service to the nation.

10:30am AKDT

Air Force Chief of Staff Media Brief

Topic: “Gen. Norton Schwartz Briefing”


  • Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz

WATCH the entire briefing online: http://1.usa.gov/yUC9L

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