Alaska Republicans Disappointed by Kurtula's Anti-ANWR Vote
Anchorage, Alaska—The Alaska Republican Party today expressed disappointment at Representative Beth Kerttula’s vote against a resolution urging the federal government to refrain from permanently designating ANWR as wilderness. Rep. Kerttula was the only legislator to vote against the resolution.
The resolution (HJR11) states:
“Urging the United States Congress to refrain from passing legislation that designates land in Area 1002 of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness. “
“Voting against this resolution is so at odds with the interests and views of Alaskans it is hard to imagine how any Alaskan legislator could do it. I am just stunned,” said Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich. “Alaska’s economy needs capital investment, the Middle-East is in turmoil, and oil prices are soaring. It is grossly irresponsible to take ANWR completely off the table forever.”
The Chairman further noted that Rep. Kerttula's House district has the highest concentration of state employees anywhere in the state. "Every paycheck her constituents receive is funded by oil revenues. Without continued exploration and development, Alaska's pipeline will no longer be able to support those state jobs."