Articles & Op-eds


E&E News: Trump does U-turn on DOE loans for clean energy

The Trump administration is opening over $42 billion in loans from the Department of Energy for projects that boost the nation's supply of key clean energy minerals, despite the president's repeated attempts to eliminate funding for the program. In new guidance published yesterday, the Energy Department's Loan Programs Office (LPO) encouraged companies to seek loans for the production, processing and recycling of "critical minerals" that are central to electric vehicles, renewable energy, advanc… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: As pandemic worsens, Alaskans’ patience wears thin for a new relief bill from Congress

by Nat Herz

A few months after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Kate Stavick was furloughed from her job as a college recruiter in the Mat-Su, which paid her $3,000 a month. When a federal boost to the unemployment insurance program expired, Stavick's benefits dropped to roughly $300 a week - far less than what she earned in her job. Since then, she and her husband have skipped fishing and hunting trips, to allow her husband to keep working. They canceled an anniversary trip. And they're spending more tim… Continue Reading


Washington Times: Lisa Murkowski calls on Trump to end court fights

by Victor Morton

Sen. Lisa Murkowski called on President Trump and his legal team to end their court fights on the 2020 election and begin the transition process. The Alaska Republican issued a statement Sunday evening on Twitter saying that Democrat Joseph R. Biden had apparently won the election fair and square and the Trump administration should start preparing to turn over power on Jan. 20. "Each state has worked to ensure a free and fair elections process. President Trump has had the opportunity to litiga… Continue Reading


New York Times: Alaska’s Controversial Pebble Mine Fails to Win Critical Permit, Likely Killing It

by Henry Fountain

The Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, likely dealing a death blow to a long-disputed project that aimed to extract one of the world's largest deposits of copper and gold ore, but which threatened breeding grounds for salmon in the pristine Bristol Bay region. The fight over the mine's fate has raged for more than a decade. The plan was scuttled years ago under the Obama administration, only to find new life under President Trump. But op… Continue Reading


Environmental News Service: World’s Best Wild Salmon Run Protected From Huge Mine

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit to the proposed Pebble Mine, a giant copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska that would threaten the world's largest, most valuable wild salmon fishery. The decision met with approval from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress as well as environmental groups, but the mining company that proposed the project was "dismayed" by the decision. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. based in Vancouver, Canada, announced November 25 that its … Continue Reading


Washington Post: Bipartisan group of senators prepares $908 billion stimulus plan, aiming to break partisan logjam

by Seung Min Kim and Jeff Stein

A bipartisan group of senators is expected to unveil an approximately $908 billion stimulus proposal on Tuesday, aiming to break a months-long partisan impasse over providing emergency federal relief to the U.S. economy, according to four people aware of internal negotiations. Congress has faced increasing pressure to approve additional economic relief since talks between the White House and House Democrats collapsed, first over the summer and then again in the fall ahead of the Nov. 3 president… Continue Reading


Fox News: ALS patients hope Congress can deliver access to potential therapies with bipartisan bill

by Anna Olson

It's the fight of her life. Mayuri Saxena is 36 years old, holds a double master's degree and has lost the ability to use her body bit by bit. She was diagnosed with ALS four years ago, and the progression of the neurodegenerative disease has been swift and relentless. She can no longer walk, stand, use her arms or legs, swallow unassisted or speak. As a New Yorker coming of age in a post-9/11 world, she once hoped to affect change through her work in international relations. But as a quadripl… Continue Reading


North of 60 Mining News: Senator sees interesting times for Alaska

by Shane Lasley

With it becoming increasingly apparent that Joe Biden will be confirmed as the 46th President of the United States, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski believes the coming years will be "interesting times" for the state's resource sectors. "There is near certainty that he is going to be taking office on Jan. 20, 2021," Alaska's senior senator said, referring to Biden, during the Resource Development Council for Alaska annual convention. "If he follows through on some of his campaign promises, that could… Continue Reading


KTVF: Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski comments on 2020 election

by Alex Bengel

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski released a statement on Sunday, November 22nd voicing her thoughts on the 2020 election. Lisa Murkowski standing in front of a building: Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski released a statement on November 22nd voicing her thoughts on the 2020 election.© Provided by Fairbanks KTVF Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski released a statement on November 22nd voicing her thoughts on the 2020 election. In the statement, the senator explained that the integrity of the election p… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: Sen. Murkowski calls on Trump administration to begin ‘full and formal transition’

by Liz Ruskin

While President Trump still refuses to concede the election, Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it's time to begin the transition process. "President Trump has had the opportunity to litigate his claims, and the courts have thus far found them without merit," she said in a statement issued yesterday. She called his pressure campaign on state legislators to influence the outcome "inconsistent with our democratic process." Twenty percent of Senate Republicans have publicly acknowledged Democrat Joe Biden… Continue Reading


OP-ED: A pathway toward ending the legacy of violence against Native women

by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) & Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

For years now, we've known that Native American communities are facing a crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked American Indians and Alaska Natives November marks National Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich history, immense diversity and important contributions of Native people, while also acknowledging our country's dark history toward tribal nations. As representatives of states with vibrant tribal communities, we wanted to share how we're working together to hel… Continue Reading


OP-ED: ANWR’s 1002 Area: Promise, potential and now a plan

by Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young

Today, Alaskans are one step closer to a generational goal: the fulfillment of a 40-year fight toward the first lease sale in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. On Nov. 17, the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management published a call for nominations for tracts throughout the 1.6 million-acre program area to be included in an upcoming lease sale, opening a monthlong period for input. A 30-day notice of a sale, which could occur in… Continue Reading


Youth Today: Bill Seeks ‘Pandemic Funding’ For 21st Century After-school Programs

by Stell Simonton

As Congress considers a spending bill with behind-the-scenes negotiations this week, many youth-serving organizations hope for an injection of cash into out-of-school time programs to aid hard-pressed youth and families. None of the Senate spending bills released Nov. 10 included extra money for after-school programs. But legislation introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., calls for an additional $1.2 billion for the 21st Century after-school programs that se… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski says Americans expect an ‘orderly’ presidential transition

by Becky Bohrer

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said President Donald Trump has the right to go to court if he believes there has been evidence of voter fraud. But the Alaska Republican said Thursday it's important there be evidence to back the allegations and so far, she said, she hasn't seen any. Murkowski, in an interview with The Associated Press, said it's not up to her or Congress to sort that out. It's up to the courts, she said. If it were to be shown in states where Trump has mounted legal challenges that s… Continue Reading


KINY: Bill would give federal land to Southeast Native communities

The Alaska Delegation has introduced legislation to include Southeast Native communities' entry into the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. If passed, it would allow the communities of Haines, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, and Tenakee to form urban corporations and receive land entitlements under the ANCSA. The five Southeast communities were not included in ANCSA, which divided 44 million acres of land among more than 200 regional, village, and urban corporations to resolve land cl… Continue Reading


Juneau Empire: Advocates hopeful new bill will add five villages to ANCSA

by Peter Segall

Alaska's Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation Tuesday that would create new Alaska Native corporations to receive lands on behalf of shareholders left out of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. That act divided more than 44 million acres among more than 200 regional, village and urban corporations, but thousands of Alaska Natives were left out of this arrangement for reasons that are not entirely clear. Five Southeast Alaska villages were left out of the ANCSA settlement and nev… Continue Reading


KTVF: Murkowski approves: Judge rules genetically engineered fish unlawful

by Sarah Dubowski

A U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California ruled Thursday the Food and Drug Administration violated core environmental laws in approving genetically engineered or G.E. salmon. "The FDA did not… meaningfully analyze what might happen to normal salmon in the event the engineered salmon did survive and establish themselves in the wild. Even if this scenario was unlikely, the FDA was still required to assess the consequences of it coming to pass." Vince Bhhabria, a U… Continue Reading


ALS News Today: Stronger ACT for ALS Act Would Foster New Treatments, ALS Association Says

by Mary Chapman

After working for months behind the scenes, the ALS Association is calling a strengthened Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act (ACT) a key step toward swifter development of new therapies. The revised bill (HR 8662/S. 4867) calls for $100 million over five years for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and establishment of the first federal body specifically charged with coming up with treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. ACT for ALS was reintroduced Oct. 29 in t… Continue Reading


Language Magazine: New Bipartisan Native American Language Bill - Language Magazine

On October 30, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Native American Languages Act (NALA) with the announcement of new bipartisan legislation, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2020, to ensure the federal government is living up to policies and principles set out in NALA three decades ago. The short documentary "Durbin Feeling: Language Is Everything" hon… Continue Reading


Investing News :Lithium Supply Chain Vulnerability Takes Center Stage in 2020

by Priscilla Barrera

The lithium industry has been talking for some time now about the importance of building resilient supply chains, with COVID-19 further exposing the risks of the current dynamics. China dominates the midstream chemical-refining space, with over 80 percent of production. But most lithium mining takes place in Australia and in countries in South America, like Argentina and Chile. Speaking during a panel discussion at this year's Lithium Supply & Markets event from Fastmarkets, Maria Ines Ull… Continue Reading

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