State of Alaska Archives: on Environment


Cean Stevens: Feds have violated Alaskan jurisdiction over fish and game

At statehood, Alaska was given jurisdiction of all the fish and game of this state. Since statehood, the federal government has violated this agreement. Additionally, state government does not communicate effectively with Alaskan natives regarding this resource, and, as a consequence, natives look toward the federal government for support. I believe it is in the better interests of this great state to assert our exclusive right to these resources and to open honest dialogue with natives regarding the management of these resources as Alaskans, without interference from the federal government. Additionally, it is Alaska's responsibility to maintain the resource of the sea surrounding Alaska both in management and yield.
Source: 2016 Alaska Senate campaign website, CeanStevens.com Mar 10, 2016

Bill Walker: Fisheries: science-based policy & input from stakeholders

I will support science-based, high sustained yield (harvest) management practices with local area biologists making the day-to-day management decisions and the Alaska Board of Fisheries making the allocation decisions.

I will consult with the fishing industry and other stakeholders when making appointments to policy and leadership positions in fisheries in my administration. I recognize that all users have a stake in the State's fisheries management system. I will engage with citizens and stakeholders with the intent of exploring solutions to conservation issues.

As governor, I will work with stakeholders to strike a balance between competing interests. This is a tough task.

[To accomplish that], the State needs a highly qualified, scientific management agency led by professional, experienced, and engaged individuals in leadership positions in the Department of Fish and Game.

Source: 2014 Governor campaign website, WalkerMallottForAlaska.com Nov 4, 2014

Cean Stevens: Fight against overreach of natural resource agencies

Q: Describe three ways in which the state should try to grow and diversify Alaska's economy?
  1. Aggressive distribution of private property to all Alaskans.
  2. Fight against the overreach of regulatory agencies to be able to develop our natural resources in a responsible way.
  3. To develop the educational needs of our children to help them gain meaningful employment, not just a minimum wage.
Source: Alaska Dispatch News on 2016 Alaska Senate race Oct 29, 2014

Dan Sullivan: Stop EPA from pre-judging Pebble Mine

The US Environmental Protection Agency conduct a controversial review of the Pebble copper, gold and molybdenum prospect. The review determined that such a mine could have a devastating effect on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Sen. Begich recently came out publicly opposing Pebble.

As for Sullivan, he blasted Begich for not stopping the EPA's review. Sullivan said that as Natural Resources commissioner, he'd asked the EPA where they get the authority to prejudge a project that doesn't even exist. "Whether you're for Pebble or against it, no Alaskan should be for an EPA that believes it can preemptively look at any project in the state, on state land, and tell us whether or not we can move forward on it," he said. "We should have a senator who's telling the EPA we can't do that, and we don't," Sullivan said.

Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race Jan 27, 2014

Mark Begich: No metal mining at Pebble Mine; it damages salmon fishery

Treadwell claimed that Begich had invited the US Environmental Protection Agency to Alaska to conduct the controversial review of the Pebble copper, gold and molybdenum prospect. The review determined that such a mine could have a devastating effect on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

Begich recently came out publicly opposing Pebble. But Begich did not request the EPA review, said his campaign spokesman. Instead, that request came from tribes and other groups.

As for Sullivan, he blasted Begich for not stopping the EPA's review. Sullivan said that as Natural Resources commissioner, he'd asked the EPA where they get the authority to prejudge a project that doesn't even exist. "Whether you're for Pebble or against it, no Alaskan should be for an EPA that believes it can preemptively look at any project in the state, on state land, and tell us whether or not we can move forward on it," he said.

Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race Jan 27, 2014

Mark Begich: Allow gravel road through federal refuge to isolated village

Both candidates [Treadwell and Sullivan] took Begich to task for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's recent decision to reject a land swap with the state that would have allowed a one-lane gravel road to be built through a federal refuge, connecting the isolated village of King Cove with an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

Following Jewell's decision, Begich has introduced legislation to override her rejection, and called the decision to put wildlife ahead of public safety irresponsible, his campaign spokesman said.

Begich isn't working to keep the federal government from stopping Alaska development, including at the giant National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, where development opportunities have been halved by new policies there, said Treadwell. Greenland and regional governments in Canada have regained full control of their national land, and Alaska needs similar freedoms, he said.

Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race Jan 27, 2014

Mead Treadwell: Fight EPA's Pebble Mine restrictions

Treadwell claimed that Begich had invited the US Environmental Protection Agency to Alaska to conduct the controversial review of the Pebble copper, gold and molybdenum prospect. The review determined that such a mine could have a devastating effect on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. That EPA action set a terrible precedent, was an invasion of state's rights, and has sent ripples of fear through the mining industry, Treadwell said. "It's wrong, we have to fight it, and we have to be outraged. I am," said Treadwell.

Begich recently came out publicly opposing Pebble. But Begich did not request the EPA review, said his campaign spokesman. Instead, that request came from tribes and other groups.

Asked why Treadwell said Begich had requested the review, a Treadwell spokesman provided no evidence that Begich had made the request, but said it's no secret that Begich is close to the EPA and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race Jan 27, 2014

Mead Treadwell: Good science should drive all fisheries decisions

Good science should drive all fisheries decisions, and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says he has the chops to maintain a true course. Treadwell paid a recent visit to Kodiak and "talked fish".

On fisheries, Treadwell believes "knowledge is power." He said his entire career has focused on "commons management" of resources. Treadwell helped [a 1974 gubernatorial candidate] pen his position on the 200-mile limit, and he later wrote his graduate thesis at Yale on the limit's history going back to 1937. "I also am no stranger to the senior fisheries managers in this country. I have been part of the fight to get CDQs (Community Development Quotas)--and I will be there fighting with knowledge even if I don't have seniority," he said.

Treadwell said he is "passionate" about protecting the livelihoods of fishermen and coastal communities. "I think of our fishermen as some of the last free people on earth and I want to make sure we maintain that freedom," he said.

Source: Alaska Journal of Commerce on 2014 Alaska Senate race Jan 24, 2014

Mead Treadwell: Demand sane development of our Arctic lands

Our resources on land and sea can, combined with our people's inspiration and perspiration, provide the world with food and fuel, our homes with lower cost heat and light, our people with jobs. Let this be a session where we resolve to compete better on world markets, do more to attract investment, and stand up to those Outsiders who would lock up our state.

At times we have had to demand [from the federal government] sane development of our lands, and understanding of the Arctic. We've had to insist on the equal protections for our coastline, for missile defense, and support for our Coast Guard, soldiers, sailors and airmen. We must often still make the case for transportation infrastructure, or shout for protection of our fish from predators, be they foreign fishermen or federal managers.

As we gird for similar battles ahead--especially to gain access to explore lands that will help fill the Alaska Pipeline--celebrating [past] battles will help.

Source: Remarks on opening the Alaska Legislature Jan 15, 2013

Sean Parnell: Alaska is not just one big national park; keep EPA out

Unfortunately, there are those in Washington who view our land differently. Years of misinformation and lobbying have convinced some bureaucrats that Alaska is just one big national park, with no room for economic growth. In some cases, the Environmental Protection Agency will no longer issue permits unless businesses first reach agreement with environmental organizations. In effect, the EPA has outsourced its permitting function to a stakeholder with a political agenda.
Source: Alaska 2012 State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Sean Parnell: Invest in natural resources: fishing, mining, and timber

Outside of oil and gas, we will foster a climate that cultivates investment in Alaska's other natural resources. We are blessed to live in a land that provides many ways to earn a living. Alaska offers the world's best seafood. We will sustainably manage our fisheries for future generations. Fishing is part of Alaska's history. It is part of Alaska's future. And we will keep it strong.

Alaska also has a vibrant mining industry that supports more than 5,500 jobs, and this is only scratching the surface of the potential. Indeed, Alaska has many deposits of untapped rare earth elements. These minerals are critical to America's security and economy. My budget includes almost $3 million for an assessment of rare earths.

The timber industry also has deep roots in Alaska. I am proud to report that we expanded the Southeast State Forest, because when we open more land for timber, we open more opportunity and more jobs for Alaskans.

Source: Alaska 2012 State of the State Address Jan 18, 2012

Sean Parnell: Natural resources are to be used; not locked up by feds

We are under an unprecedented assault by federal agencies and environmental groups to lock up Alaska's resources. I appreciate the Legislature strongly protecting Alaska's interests and promoting a future of economic growth.
Source: Alaska 2011 gubernatorial press release #5733 Oct 22, 2011

Sean Parnell: Support timber industry by increasing land for logging

Adding land to the Southeast State Forest will allow the Division of Forestry to manage the land to increase long-term timber supply for local processors and wood energy needs. This will provide much-need jobs in the thinning, harvest and milling stages of logging.
Source: Alaska 2011 gubernatorial press release #5885 Oct 22, 2011

Sean Parnell: Explore & extract rare earth elements in Alaska

We want to stress that with the right investment and regulatory climate, Alaska has the potential to become a fresh and stable source of rare earth elements. Earlier this year, I called for collaboration in funding a strategic assessment of rare earth elements so we can learn how Alaska can help meet America's needs. Advancing rare earth element exploration and production lessens our dependence on foreign supplies and helps diversify Alaska's economy.
Source: Alaska 2011 gubernatorial press release #5915 Oct 22, 2011

Sean Parnell: Oil and gas production means jobs for Americans

Many thoughtful Americans are deeply troubled at what is now almost a $15 trillion federal debt. We are concerned about the future of our republic. And yet, the solution is right in front of us. We can regain our economic footing through producing more American energy. To boil it down to one simple truth: More American oil and gas production means jobs. And jobs translate into stable communities, vibrant states, and a strong nation.
Source: Alaska 2011 gubernatorial press release #5926 Oct 22, 2011

Sean Parnell: Don't leave Alaska's oil buried in the ground

We have been pumping from the same fields for 30-plus years. With so much oil in the ground that you own, and that we count on for essential public services, I refuse to stand by and leave Alaskans' treasure buried in the ground.
Source: Alaska 2011 gubernatorial press release #5930 Oct 22, 2011

Sean Parnell: AK statehood was a mandate for resource development

When nearly 50,000 Alaskans cast their ballots for statehood in 1958, Governor Hickel said they "signed a contract. They didn't just say 'yes' to statehood. They agreed to the terms of statehood. And, that contract cannot be changed without the consent o both parties." The federal government's expectation, its terms, were that together we Alaskans would develop our resources, build our own economic system, and become largely self-sustaining. We did just that, by logging our timber, mining our minerals an metals, exploring for oil and gas, and harvesting seafood from our waters. These are the engines of our economy: past, present, and future. But today, the federal government owns 240 million acres, almost two-thirds, of Alaska's 371 million acres, and Uncle Sam has posted a virtual "Keep Out" sign on those lands. This is contrary to the federal government's promise, made not so long ago, that Alaska's resources would be available to economically support the people of this great land.
Source: 2011 Alaska State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

Joe Miller: Alaska has resource wealth; develop it & wean off of feds

Miller has said that the country cannot sustain deficit spending and that Alaska must wean itself off federal dollars because money is rapidly drying up. Miller said that "things have got to change. The deficit has reached a point where we're on the verg of hitting the same catastrophe that Greece had, that right now Great Britain is experiencing."

He added it was an idea recognized by former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens earlier this year. Alaska is sitting on a wealth of natural resources, Miller said, and promised to fight for development just as Stevens, who served in the U.S. Senate representing Alaska for 40 years, fought to bring home federal dollars.

McAdams questioned Miller's ability to follow through on his claims, saying, "I think he'll find more opponents in the Senate than he'll find allies." Murkowski called Miller's plans simplistic. She said she was not sure how Miller could force areas to be opened for resource extraction, given that the federal government owns two-thirds of Alaska.

Source: Anchorage Daily News coverage of 2010 Alaska Senate debate Oct 26, 2010

Scott McAdams: Extract resource wealth respected labor & environment

Miller promised to fight for development just as Stevens, who served in the U.S. Senate representing Alaska for 40 years, fought to bring home federal dollars.

McAdams questioned Miller's ability to follow through on his claims. "I don't think that his statements are realistic," he said after the forum. "I don't think that Joe's going to be able to caucus and get any real movement with moving Alaska forward. I think he'll find more opponents in the Senate than he'll find allies." McAdams suggested he could be more effective as a Democrat in the Senate, changing the culture of the caucus, demonstrating that Alaska is environmentally sound and has a labor tradition allowing working men and women to share in the wealth of extraction. "When we don't embrace American and Alaskan resource extraction, we export environmental degradation to countries that don't have any governance tradition that allows them to enforce environmental law, a labor tradition that allows them to share in the wealth," he said

Source: Anchorage Daily News coverage of 2010 Alaska Senate debate Oct 26, 2010

Lisa Murkowski: Kept rank on Natural Resources Committee after dropping GOP

Q: Were you surprised that your colleagues didn't remove your ranking membership from the Natural Resources Committee?

A: I'm not surprised. This was an affirmation of the relationship that I've built over the past eight years with the people that I work with. As difficult as the politics are, as awkward as the situation is, I had really believed that my friends would recognize that what I'm doing is for my state. I think they appreciate that and that they also recognize, "You know what? Lisa might be a risk taker, but she's got a real shot at coming back here, and it only makes good sense that we would not want to be so punitive that she would be discouraged by the actions of her colleagues."

Source: Time magazine coverage of 2010 Alaska Senate Debate Sep 24, 2010

Sean Parnell: Feds misuse ESA listings to delay resource development

The federal government's actions often seem at war with Alaskan interests. The federal government has misused the Endangered Species Act as a regulatory weapon to delay development of Alaska's resources. Now, they have proposed setting aside an area larger than the state of California as critical habitat for polar bears. I strongly oppose such overreactive ESA listings and critical habitat designations. These are job killers and beyond the feds authority.
Source: Alaska 2010 State of the State Address Jan 20, 2010

Sarah Palin: Sue US government to stop listing polar bear as endangered

Governor Sarah Palin announced today the State of Alaska has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to overturn Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne’s decision to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

This action follows written notice given more than 60 days ago, asking that the regulation listing the polar bear as threatened be withdrawn. “We believe that the Service’s decision to list the polar bear was not based on the best scientific and commercial data available,“ Governor Palin said.

The Service’s analysis failed to adequately consider the polar bears’ survival through prior warming periods, and its findings that the polar bear is threatened by sea-ice habitat loss are not warranted. The Service also failed to adequately consider the existing regulatory mechanisms which have resulted in a sustainable worldwide polar bear population that has more than doubled in number over the last 40 years to 20,000-25,000 bears.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: press release, “Polar Bear” Aug 4, 2008

Sarah Palin: We must encourage timber, mining, drilling, & fishing

Industry knows we want responsible development. Anadarko will drill Alaska’s first-ever gas-targeted wells on the North Slope. Chevron, FEX, Renaissance--many others are exploring. That’s ratification of AGIA’s promise to make investments profitable for industrious explorers. There’s more we can do to ramp up development. Our new reservoir study can increase development and we will ensure better, publicly supported project coordination. To cultivate timber and agriculture, we’re encouraging responsible, economic efforts to revitalize our once-robust industries. We can and must continue to develop our economy, because we cannot and must not rely so heavily on federal government earmarks.
Source: 2008 State of the State Address to 25th Alaska Legislature Jan 15, 2008

Sarah Palin: Wolf predator control is important for subsistence hunters

Gov. Palin criticized Congressman George Miller’s (D-CA) legislation to eliminate an important element of wildlife management by the State of Alaska. “Moose & caribou are important food for Alaskans, & Rep. Miller’s bill threatens that food supply,” said Gov. Palin. “Rep. Miller doesn’t understand rural Alaska, doesn’t comprehend wildlife management in the North, and doesn’t appreciate the Tenth Amendment that gives states the right to manage their own affairs.”

Miller’s bill would ban the shooting of wolves from aircraft, a component of moose and caribou management plans in five specific areas of Alaska. Contrary to what Rep. Miller said in Washington yesterday, there is no “aerial hunting” of wolves in Alaska, Palin said. “Our science-driven and abundance-based predator management program involves volunteers who are permitted to use aircraft to kill some predators where we are trying to increase opportunities for Alaskans to put healthy food on their families’ dinner tables. It is not hunting.”

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release 07-197, “Wildlife” Sep 26, 2007

Sarah Palin: Feds shouldn’t list beluga whales as endangered

Gov. Palin has told the federal government that the state is extremely concerned about a proposal to list Cook Inlet beluga whales as an endangered species, and urged the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) not to list the species.

“Our scientist feel confident that it would be unwarranted to list Cook Inlet belugas now,” Gov. Palin said. “Seven years ago, NMFS determined that these whales weren’t endangered, and since then, we’ve actually seen the beginnings of an increase in their population. We are all doing everything we can to help protect these important marine mammals.“

The state submitted 95 pages of data and formal comments to NMFS on the proposed listing, pointing out that the Cook Inlet stock of belugas is recovering from an ”unsustainable harvest“ in the early 1990s. ”I am especially concerned that an unnecessary federal listing and designation of critical habitat would do serious long-term damage to the vibrant economy of the Cook Inlet area,“ Palin said.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release 07-175, “Beluga” Aug 7, 2007

Sarah Palin: Provide stability in regulations for developers

I’m keenly aware of sharply declining production from North Slope fields. The amount of oil currently flowing through the Pipeline is less than half of what it was at its peak. We must look to responsible development throughout the state--from the Slope all the way down to Southeast--every region participating! From further oil and gas development, to fishing, mining, timber, and tourism, these developments remain the core of our state. We provide stability in regulations for our developers.
Source: 2007 State of the State Address to 24th Alaska Legislature Jan 17, 2007

Sarah Palin: Convince the rest of the nation to open ANWR

The standard should be no different for industry. Ironically, we’re trying to convince the rest of the nation to open ANWR, but we can’t even get our own Pt. Thomson, which is right on the edge of ANWR, developed! We are ready for that gas to be tapped so we can fill a natural gas pipeline. I promise to vigorously defend Alaska’s rights, as resource owners, to develop and receive appropriate value for our resources.
Source: 2007 State of the State Address to 24th Alaska Legislature Jan 17, 2007

Sarah Palin: Fish platform: “Resource First” philosophy

COMMERCIAL FISHING: Fish Platform: Do What’s Right For Alaska’s Fishing CommunitiesI am not only a champion for Alaska’s fishing industry, but a part of it. My family is proud to be a Bristol Bay fishing family. If we manage for abundance, we should have enough fish for all our needs
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Sarah Palin: Rail provides critical link for business development

Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Ray Metcalfe: Clean up former industrial sites; fund more open space

Source: Alaska Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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