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Morning Headlamp - Drill, baby, Drill returns

Renewed hope for 'opening' ANWR


Luck be legislation tonight. Alaska's congressional delegation is hoping the 13th time will be the lucky one for legislation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and natural gas development. Specifically, Rep. Don Young introduced the American Energy Independence and Job Creation Act just hours after being sworn in to the new Congress Jan. 3. With Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate and President-elect Donald Trump's seemingly oil-friendly administration set to take office, there is renewed hope for "opening" ANWR.


Moreover … Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, co-sponsored a similar bill with a slightly more straightforward title: the Alaska Oil and Gas Production Act. The Senator said in a release from the committee's Republican office that Alaska has proven it can dually develop resources and protect the environment through the 40 years of oil production that has taken place on the North Slope. The last time the refuge was on the national radar was during the 2008 presidential campaign when Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, coined the slogan "Drill, Baby, Drill."


Here in Alaska, among Alaska's newest legislators, there is optimism and an eagerness to get to work on addressing the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. Representative-elect George Rauscher of Sutton, who upset incumbent Rep. Jim Colver in last year's Republican primary, said he's "pretty jazzed" about the legislative session, which starts Tuesday. He has already proposed legislation, including revisiting a constitutional spending limit. Republican Rep.-elect Chuck Kopp of Anchorage said reductions, reforms and revenue all should be up for discussion. Kopp won the seat held by Republican Rep. Craig Johnson, who last year made an unsuccessful bid for state Senate.


President-Elect Trump's pick for Secretary of the Interior is likely to focus on the balance between development and conservation during his confirmation hearing in Washington today. Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-MT), a former Navy SEAL and avid outdoorsman, will face questions from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


First Reads

Delegation revs up for another ANWR fight

Alaska Journal of Commerce, Elwood Brehmer, January 16, 2017

Optimism, eagerness among Alaska's newest legislators

Associated Press, Becky Bohrer, January 16, 2017

Alaska Greater Mooses Tooth Unit Project Panorama Oil and Gas Upstream Analysis Report 201

BusinessWire, January 16, 2017

'Drill, baby, drill' returns to the new Congress

Washington Examienr, John Siciliano, January 16, 2017

ConocoPhillips announces oil discovery

KTOO, January 16, 2017

Trump's Interior pick to clarify stance on developing federal land, including in Arctic

Reuters, Valerie Volcovici, January 17, 2017

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