As Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Murkowski is leading the effort to reform the United States’ resource policies and is well positioned to help Alaska develop more of its world-class energy and mineral deposits.
Recognizing Alaska’s decades-long record of strong environmental stewardship, Senator Murkowski supports the responsible development of the state’s natural resources. Greater production of everything from oil, natural gas, and coal to hydropower, wind, solar, and biomass will create new jobs and economic opportunities, increase national security, and strengthen the global competitiveness of our country.
In contrast to federal agencies’ desire to lock away our most promising prospects, Senator Murkowski is a champion of access to federal lands and waters. This is needed to facilitate energy production in a tiny sliver of the non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, on Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf, and in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. These areas collectively hold almost 35 billion barrels of conventional oil and could refill the critical 800-mile long Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, which is currently running two-thirds empty.
Senator Murkowski is also working to ensure that no major federal hurdles emerge for the Alaska natural gas pipeline project, which will allow the state to produce and market the vast quantities of natural gas stranded beneath the North Slope. She has introduced and advanced legislation to ensure that Alaska receives a fair share (37.5%) of the revenues from offshore production in federal waters, and is the lead proponent of legislation to increase America’s mineral security through resource assessments, permitting reforms, and similar activities.
A firm believer that “energy is good,” Senator Murkowski is a strong proponent of ‘all of the above’ policies to make energy abundant, affordable, clean, diverse and secure. She promotes energy innovation, seeks to lower the costs of renewable energy, and encourages increases in energy efficiency. These efforts will help cut high energy costs in rural Alaska communities, reduce the emissions blamed for climate change, and bolster the long-term energy security of the United States.
In the 114th Congress, Senator Murkowski introduced more than 50 bills related to federal energy, mineral, and land management policy. In April 2016, the Senate approved S. 2012, her broad, bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act, by a vote of 85 to 12 – making it the first major energy bill to pass the Senate in nearly a decade.