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Begich Responds to President’s Call for Increased Oil & Gas Development

U.S. Senator Mark Begich issued the following statement in response to President Obama's press conference on high energy prices. During the press conference President Obama said that his Administration is "looking at potential new development in Alaska, both onshore and offshore."

"I am proud to hear that President Obama recognizes the need to increase domestic production of oil and natural gas and that new developments in Alaska, both onshore and offshore, are part of the equation.

"Unfortunately, the reality we have seen so far from the administration includes stalled exploration in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, a series of federal hang-ups preventing development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and an unwillingness to recognize the enormous potential of the resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

"Lowering energy prices, increasing our national security by reducing our dependency on foreign oil and creating jobs must all happen to promote long-term economic growth. Achieving these goals will require the administration to remember that Alaska is our nation's largest potential source of safe and responsible oil and natural gas, not a Texas-sized state somewhere off the coast of California."

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