Articles & Op-eds


Jewish Journal: Republicans and Democrats Unite to Save the Planet, and No One Notices

by David Suissa

Media companies have become so driven by ratings and click bait they're having a hard time covering political news that don't involve partisan food fights- even when that news involves saving our planet. Take, for example, the news last week that a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced legislation to support a potential breakthrough against global warming. Who noticed? I couldn't find anything in The New York Times or on CNN, but I did see a tweet from someone who cares deeply about the … Continue Reading


Anchorage Press: Murkowski teams up with AFN to support David Bernhardt for new Secretary of the Interior

by John Tetpon

It's going to be rough sledding for U.S. Secretary of the Interior nominee David Bernhardt when it gets down to the votes he'll need to be confirmed. Bernhardt has been acting secretary at Interior since the departure of Ryan Zinke, who served from 2017 until his resignation in 2019. Zinke resigned to avoid what he called unwarranted attacks on himself and his family after numerous investigations began and after a host of allegations of ethics violations surfaced. Bernhardt is not new to being… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Many wins for Alaska in bipartisan lands bill

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, I joined Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate at the White House with President Trump for the signing of major lands and conservation legislation. The "John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act" is now law after years of effort. As Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I worked to combine more than 120 lands, resources, and water measures - including many that will help resolve long-standing issues for Alaskans. One o… Continue Reading


Daily Energy Insider: Alaska lawmakers support Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil, gas development

by Dave Kovaleski

The congressional delegation from Alaska expressed their support for the oil and gas leasing program for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the program. "We are pleased the Department is complying with its legal mandate to hold multiple lease sales and encourage you to continue to prioritize this program. We believe the Final EIS should maximize acreage ava… Continue Reading


KTUU: After proposed cuts to Special Olympics, Alaska's Congressional delegation voices support

by Grant Robinson

After the White House proposed a budget that would eliminate federal funding for Special Olympics programs in schools, members of Alaska's congressional delegation say they will continue to support the organization's mission. Unified Champion Schools is one of several program Special Olympics participants. More than 50 schools in Alaska participate in the program. "We have many different programs that serve seniors, that serve adults - this is the the one that serves our youth," Special Olympi… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Sens. Murkowski And Cantwell: The Significance Of The Public Lands Package

by Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Maria Cantwell

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), former ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Americans have a lot to celebrate in the sweeping public lands package the president signed into law this month. This landmark package includes more than 120 bills that will protect treasured landscapes, spur economic development, address a wide rang… Continue Reading


Must Read Alaska:No deal: Murkowski, Sullivan vote against ‘Green New Deal’

by Suzanne Downing

Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Appropriations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in advance of the vote, turning her remarks toward the more practical, pragmatic steps Congress can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Murkowski emphasized areas where Congress has made progress in supporting policies to reduce emissions: increased funding for the research and development of clean technologies, expanding the tax credit for carbon ca… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: Supreme Court backs Alaska moose hunter over park service but steers clear of Katie John

by Zaz Hollander

An Alaska moose hunter whose case against the federal government made a rare second trip to the U.S. Supreme Court prevailed on Tuesday. The ruling marks a win for Alaskans unhappy with federal "overreach" on some public lands but doesn't topple rural subsistence rights as some feared it might. John Sturgeon sued the National Park Service after rangers on the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in 2007 ordered him off the hovercraft he used for moose-hunting trips through the shallows of th… Continue Reading


Alaska Public Media: Green New Deal? Murkowski says no, opts for middle way on climate

by Liz Ruskin

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is talking about global warming more than ever these days. While the Green New Deal is a lightning rod in Congress, Murkowski says she's reaching for what's politically possible. Among the big goals included in the Green New Deal is to transition to energy sources with zero emissions, within a decade. Murkowski takes a more measured and less specific approach. "We propose that we focus on these technologies that will allow us to get us to a lower carbon economy reduce our e… Continue Reading


Ketchikan Daily News: Op-Ed: The Tongass and the Roadless Rule

by Chairman Lisa Murkowski

A few weeks ago, I spoke before the State Legislature and highlighted the congressional delegation's efforts to restore reasonable access to federal areas across Alaska. This is a longstanding fight, but increasingly critical for responsible resource development and the long-term prosperity of our state. Fortunately, after years of frustration, we are making real progress with the Trump administration. New development is taking place in our National Petroleum Reserve, the leasing program for … Continue Reading


NBC News Montana: Daines, Murkowski talk public lands in Bozeman

by McKayla Haack

Many outdoorsmen are still celebrating after President Donald Trump signed the Public Lands Package into law. The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee Chairman, Lisa Murkowski and Senator Steve Daines discussed the recent legislation at the Wild Sheep Foundation in Bozeman Sunday. The president signed the bipartisan John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act last week. It was previously called Senate Bill 47 or the Public Lands Package and had been in the work… Continue Reading


KPAX: Work still to be done despite Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization

by Medeiros Babb

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has advocated very strongly for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and with President Trump's signature, it has been reauthorized. Sen. Daines and US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) discussed the victory over the weekend, but the fight for funding isn't over just yet. "As I said when I passed it through the Senate, it did take public lands to bring a divided government together," Sen. Daines said of the measur… Continue Reading


E&E News: 'Frankenfish' is coming, but opponents vow to fight on

by Rob Hotakainen

If all goes as planned, a Massachusetts biotechnology company will soon begin importing salmon eggs from a Canadian hatchery to its plant in Indiana, where they'll grow into the first genetically modified salmon ever produced in the United States. AquaBounty Technologies Inc. won approval for its long-delayed plan last week, when federal regulators lifted an importation ban that had prohibited the eggs from entering the country. But opponents, who deride the new salmon as "Frankenfish," say th… Continue Reading


Daily Energy Insider: API supports government action regarding liquefied natural gas

by Douglas Clark

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is supporting a pair of recent actions boosting liquefied natural gas (LNG) initiatives. API officials are espousing the benefits of the Department of Energy's (DOE) non-Free Trade Agreement export authorization for Venture Global's Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility and the introduction of legislation designed to expedite Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) reviews of LNG terminals and other energy infrastructure. "This year is shaping up to be… Continue Reading


Indian Country Today: Yup’ik musher wins Iditarod! Pete Kaiser is first Yup’ik, fifth Alaska Native to win 998-mile race

by Richard Walker

Pete Kaiser became the first Yup'ik musher March 13 to win the Iditarod, North America's premier long-distance sled dog race. Kaiser and his dog team crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska at 3:39:06 a.m. local time, completing the race in 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes, 6 seconds. His good friend, 2018 Iditarod champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom, finished 12 minutes 16 seconds later. Kaiser's win is the pinnacle of a remarkable 10-year mushing career that includes six top-10 Iditarod finishes, four … Continue Reading


Must Read Alaska: March 14th Alaska Native Vietnam vets will finally get their land allotments

by Suzanne Downing

TRUMP SPECIFICALLY CALLS OUT THIS ITEM IN MAJOR LANDS BILL SIGNING Legislation signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump will give 2,800 Alaska Native veterans - or their heirs, if the veterans are deceased - an opportunity to get the land allotments they were promised before serving in the Vietnam War. Watch Sen. Dan Sullivan talk about the Alaska Native veterans' land promise, how Sen. Ted Stevens and Congressman Don Young had fought hard for it, and why it's so important to him personally: … Continue Reading


SitNews: Senators Introduce Bill to Create New Twelfth Circuit Court

by Mary Kauffman

A bill that would split the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the largest of the regional courts, has been introduced by U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The the Judicial Efficiency Improvement Act of 2019, would codify the Judicial Conference's most recent recommendations as well as other important measures to enhance the effectiveness of the federal judiciary. The legislation would authorize 56 permanent district cour… Continue Reading


Alaska Journal of Commerce: Genetically-engineered salmon cleared for US sales by FDA

by Annie Zak

The Food and Drug Administration last week cleared the way for genetically engineered salmon to be sold in the U.S. The agency on March 8 deactivated a 2016 import alert on such salmon, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. That ban restricted the sale of genetically engineered salmon in the U.S. until the agency issued labeling guidelines. The change has alarmed some in Alaska about what genetically engineered salmon on the market might mean for Alaska's salmon industry, which … Continue Reading


KTUU: 'It's called compromise. It's called building a package that has some balance,' Sen. Murkowski on lands package

by Derek Minemyer

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is calling it a bi-partisan collaboration - members on both sides of the aisle joined the president as he signed the Natural Resources Management Act into law Tuesday. As chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Murkowski helped secure the legislation that she says will have big impacts on Alaska. This means Alaska's public federal lands are open for use, and that includes opening a right of way for a natural gas pipeline through Denali National Pa… Continue Reading


Anchorage Daily News: FDA decision on labeling allows genetically engineered salmon to be sold in US

by Annie Zak

The Food and Drug Administration last week cleared the way for genetically engineered salmon to be sold in the U.S. The agency on Friday deactivated a 2016 import alert on such salmon, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. That ban restricted the sale of genetically engineered salmon in the U.S. until the agency issued labeling guidelines. The change has alarmed some in Alaska about what genetically engineered salmon on the market might mean for Alaska's salmon industry, which h… Continue Reading

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