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Begich to Obama: Look to Alaska, Not Brazil for Oil & Gas


U.S. Senator Mark Begich issued the following statement urging the development of Alaska's oil and natural gas after President Obama's recent comments in Brazil that America wants to be a "customer" for Brazilian oil & natural gas:

"President Obama didn't have to go all the way to Brazil to find a 'new, safe and stable' source of oil. Energy opportunities for the U.S. are right here in Alaska. We have to stop talking about increasing domestic production and actually invest in home-grown jobs.

"During my annual address to the Alaska State Legislature yesterday I proposed the installation of a 'development czar' within the White House to help the Administration focus on increasing domestic energy production, and the creation of a federal coordinator to streamline the processes for development of the oil and gas in the Arctic.

"Each of these proposals will encourage and promote development that creates new, safe and stable domestic sources of energy which lower our dependency on foreign oil, make our nation more secure and create American jobs.

"I urge President Obama to focus on what we can do in our own country, in Alaska, rather than efforts to assist overseas development of oil and natural gas."

Below are President Obama's comments from March 19 in Brazil:

"By some estimates, the oil you recently discovered off the shores of Brazil could amount to twice the reserves we have in the United States.  We want to work with you.  We want to help with technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely, and when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.  At a time when we've been reminded how easily instability in other parts of the world can affect the price of oil, the United States could not be happier with the potential for a new, stable source of energy."

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