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House Majority E-News for Mar 17, 2010 ANS Crude: $81.18 Henry Hub: $4.26


State Energy Policy Bill Passes House

(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today unanimously
passed House Bill 306, the first step to solving Alaska's long-term
energy needs. The bill, sponsored by the House Special Committee on
Energy, establishes an overarching energy policy to guide the
legislature, the administration, utilities, conservation groups, and
everyday Alaskans toward the collective goal of providing more
affordable and stable energy in Alaska.

"Now we have a roadmap to reaching our energy goals," House Special
Committee on Energy Co-Chair Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, said. "The
policy outlines priorities for renewable and nonrenewable energy,
conservation and efficiency and balances the needs between urban and
rural Alaska."

"The credit for the energy policy bill doesn't belong to
legislators-it belongs to the stakeholders who created it," Co-Chair
Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, said. "We brought together a diverse
group who spent six months working to find common ground to build an
energy policy that recognizes Alaska is a resource development state
but conservation and efficiency measures also play an important role
in our energy future."

The full text of this release and audio can be found below:



House Urges Congress to Oppose Cap and Trade

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed House Joint Resolution
45, which urges the U.S. Congress not to enact a pair of bills in the
U.S. Senate that would enact cap and trade programs for carbon
emissions. House Finance Committee Co-Chair Bill Stoltze,
R-Chugiak/Mat-Su, sponsored the resolution. Co-Chair Stoltze says it
is important to send this message to Washington, D.C., since past cap
and trade proposals have been set aside due to their detrimental
impacts to business and industry. HJR 45 passed by a vote of 31 to 7.

"The two bills currently before Congress would be detrimental to the
state across all industries," Stoltze said. "Congress has had the
foresight in the past to stop cap and trade, and in this hard-pressed
economy, support is needed, not more impediments and intrusions. HJR
45 sends a straight-forward message opposing cap and trade so Alaskan
working families and business owners don't see their opportunities
restricted and daily costs increased."

The full text of this release can be found below:



Photo: House Finance Committee discussion on HB 280, the Cook Inlet
Recovery Act, today at the Capitol. Committee Co-Chair Mike Hawker(far
right, facing), R-Anchorage, sponsored the bill, and offered a pair of
technical amendments. Hawker aide Larry Persily (next to Rep. Hawker,
facing) and consultant Roger Marx presented the bill, which was held
over to tomorrow morning. Persily is leaving state service tomorrow,
traveling to Washington, D.C. to become the Federal Coordinator for
Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects.


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