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Gatto to Contribute to Council on Foreign Relations Discussion

Palmer lawmaker invited to Council on Foreign Relations

Thursday, February 25, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Representative Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, will participate in a global governance roundtable at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Gatto was invited by Dr. Scott Borgerson, CFR’s Visiting Fellow for Ocean Governance. The event is led by Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, and will focus on considering Alaska’s role in setting national Arctic policy and determining Alaska’s response to climate change. The agenda includes discussions regarding President Obama’s Interagency Policy Task Force, proposed federal legislation affecting Arctic issues, state and local plans and private sector initiatives that could have impact on Alaska.

“I go to conferences across the nation and hear people advocating policies that would devastate the Alaska way of life,” Gatto said. “We need to hear first-hand what these groups are selling and we need to advance our own plans, before they get everything they want at our expense.”

Gatto points to recent State House resolutions regarding the Denali Commission and a proposed critical habitat for Belugas in the Cook Inlet as evidence that Alaska’s voice should be heard when setting national environmental policy. “What good is a national discussion of the supposedly-melting ice caps without input from America’s only Arctic state?” Gatto said.

The panel will take place March 1 in New York City, and will coincide with Gatto’s visit to Energy Council in Washington, D.C.

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