Articles & Op-eds

03.12.20

Yakima Herald: Savanna's Act to address missing, murdered indigenous women clears hurdles in Congress

Legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing indigenous women cleared two big hurdles in Congress on Wednesday. Members of the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Savanna's Act, sending it to the full House of Representatives on Wednesday. The Senate's version of the bill was approved by the full Senate in the afternoon. Among other steps, the legislation would improve data collection and information sharing, standardize law enforcement protocols for responding to case… Continue Reading


03.12.20

KINY: Murkowski’s legislation on missing, murdered, and trafficked Indigenous people passes Senate

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski today applauded the unanimous Senate passage of two of her bills to address the crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked Indigenous women. The bills, Savanna's Act and Not Invisible Act, are both led by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Catherine Cortez Masto and aim to combat the epidemic by improving the federal government's response through increased coordination, development of best practices, and creation of an advisory committee on violent crime. "The rates of … Continue Reading


03.09.20

Daily Energy Insider: Alaska LNG Project moves forward with final environmental impact study from FERC

by Chris Galford

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published its final environmental impact study (EIS) for the 800 mile Alaska LNG Project this week, earning cheers from proponents at the opportunity to move forward. "This is a key step forward for Alaska LNG and a significant milestone for the project," U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said. "This final EIS is the culmination of years of research, analysis, and public process. I thank all of the staff at FERC who worked diligently to complete th… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Coronavirus testing increases in Alaska, no confirmed cases yet

by Erin McGroarty

There are still no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Alaska, according to Gov. Mike Dunleavy who met with state health officials and reporters Monday morning. But the state is ramping up its testing as cases increase around the world. "We have seen a steady increase in testing even over the weekend," said State Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink. "We should expect more cases. We don't have any right now but we should expect more." As of Monday morning, 23 people in Alaska had been teste… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Microgrid Knowledge: US Senate Debates Energy Bill that Could Affect Microgrid Development

by Ethan Howland

The US Senate is debating broad-based energy legislation that could affect microgrid development, partly through funding for energy storage and renewable energy programs. The American Energy Innovation Act was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after a year of hearings on scores of energy bills. The bill (S. 2657) contains provisions from about 50 bills that were considered by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the last yea… Continue Reading


03.06.20

The Epoch Times: US Senators Introduce Legislation To Monitor China’s Overseas Mineral Investments

by Frank Fang

Two U.S. senators on March 5 introduced legislation drawing attention to China's plans to dominate rare earth supplies in other countries through its "One Belt, One Road" foreign policy initiative. Rare earths are a group of minerals used to manufacture a range of consumer products and military technologies, including smartphones, electric vehicles, satellites, missiles, and semiconductor chips that power all electronic products. Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Inside Sources: Wave of Murdered Native American Women Demands a National Response

by Judy Perry Martinez

There is a horrific crime wave going on across the United States, but you probably won't read about it in your newspaper or see it on the national TV news. Indigenous women - Native Americans and Alaska natives - are being kidnapped and murdered in alarming numbers. A bipartisan group of three U.S. senators called it a crisis last year. U.S. Attorney General William Barr said it is unacceptable. And yet no one knows the true extent of the crisis because no one keeps reliable data on it - not t… Continue Reading


03.05.20

The Epoch Times: Bipartisan Energy Bill: Innovation Key to US Energy Superpower Status

by Alan McDonnell

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to take up the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA)-a bipartisan bill that proponents say will comprehensively update the nation's energy regulations. According to the Department of Energy, the bill "will modernize domestic energy laws to ensure the United States remains a global energy leader while also strengthening national security, increasing our international competitiveness, and investing in clean energy technologies." The AEIA (pdf) was in… Continue Reading


03.04.20

S&P Global: US Senate panel again moves FERC nominee, amid debate over partisanship

by Maya Weber

The US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 12-8 to support the nomination of James Danly to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, amid continued complaints from Democrats about the White House's failure to pair him with a nominee from the minority side. Advancing the nomination of Danly, who is currently FERC's general counsel, to become a commissioner, would help ensure a quorum needed for major decisions by the key energy market regulator. The five-member commission is… Continue Reading


03.04.20

SitNews: Governor, Senator, & Ketchikan Officials Address Coronavirus Contingencies & Prepardedness

by Mary Kauffman

On the state level, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy submitted a supplemental budget amendment Monday to fund ten additional temporary positions within the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) preparedness and response. The governor's supplemental budget would provide the Alaska Division of Public Health with five new public health nurses, three nurse epidemiologists, one microbiologist in Fairbanks to assist with lab testing, and one emer… Continue Reading


03.04.20

KTVA: Murkowski says new energy bill will benefit Alaskans

by Jennifer Summers

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will file the American Energy Innovation Act as a substitute amendment to United States Senate Bill 2657, a bill she introduced that lawmakers are debating this week. Murkowski says the package includes more than 50 energy-related bills and focuses on many areas that will benefit Alaskans including: Mineral security Energy storage Efficiency Cybersecurity Solar and wind Geothermal Marine energy and hydropower Advanced nuclear - through micro-reactor… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Trade Only Today: Sen. Lisa Murkowski visits University of Alaska maritime training center

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski last month toured the University of Alaska Southeast Maritime Training Center, which has been training mariners for more than 30 years, in support of the maritime industry. The center is located on the water in Ketchikan and includes a welding lab, navigation simulator, and diesel and electronics labs. Murkowski expressed support for Alaska's maritime industry when she visited, thanking faculty members for providing "valuable training opportunities for Alaskans,"… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Washington Examiner: Biggest update to energy law in a decade heads to Senate with bipartisan support

by Abby Smith

Senators, including key Democrats such as Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, voted overwhelmingly on Monday to start debating what could be the most comprehensive update to U.S. energy law in more than a decade. Schumer, in remarks before the vote, said he would vote yes "as a show of good faith" after talks with the bill's sponsors, Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about a "fair amendment process. … Continue Reading


03.03.20

Daily Energy Insider: Sens. Manchin, Murkowski introduce American Energy Innovation Act

by Kevin Randolph

Sens. Manchin, Murkowski introduce American Energy Innovation Act U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released on Feb. 27, the text of the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA), a compilation of more than 50 energy-related measures individually reported by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) last year. AEIA, S. 2657, aims to ensure the United States remains a global energy leader, strengthens national security, increases U.S. international competitivenes… Continue Reading


03.02.20

WAVY: Senators call for more seasonal work visas to help seafood industry

Seven senators are asking the Department of Homeland Security to allow additional visas for temporary non-agricultural workers. The senators say the authorization is needed to help support seafood businesses in Virginia and states like Alaska, Maryland, and North Carolina. H-2B visas allow employers to temporarily hire non-immigrants to perform nonagricultural labor or services in the United States. Officials say the visas are critical to the survival of Virginia's seafood industry - particul… Continue Reading


03.02.20

PR Newswire: Protect Our Power Welcomes Federal Legislation To Safeguard Electric Grid from Attacks

The electric grid resilience organization Protect Our Power welcomed the planned introduction in Congress of energy legislation that includes provisions to better protect the U.S. electric grid against physical and cyber threats. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has released the text of The American Energy Innovation Act, co-authored with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, Ranking Member of the Committee. The legislation includes provisions aimed … Continue Reading


03.02.20

E&E News: How 3 metals could drive the EV revolution

by Peter Behr

The acronym "NMC" may be the key to a global competition to push down the cost of lithium-ion batteries, and thus the key to the future of electric vehicles. The letters stand for compounds of nickel, manganese and cobalt, three elements that are vital ingredients in the most common of today's EV batteries. Combined into a complex lattice structure, they form the battery's positive electrode where lithium ions gather as the battery delivers its power. Today, scientists on three continents are … Continue Reading


03.02.20

Alaska Journal of Commerce: US Commerce Department allocates $35 million for Alaska fisheries disasters

by Elizabeth Earl

Fishermen affected by the 2018 Pacific cod and Chignik sockeye disasters will soon have access to about $35 million in relief funding. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocated about $65 million to fisheries disaster relief, about $35 million of which is for Alaska, according to a Feb. 27 announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Within Alaska, about $24.4 million will go to the Pacific cod fishery disaster and about $10.3 million to the Chignik sockeye fishery. T… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Reuters: U.S. senators unveil bill to support renewable and nuclear power, efficiency

by Timothy Gardiner

The top two senators on the U.S. Senate energy committee unveiled a bipartisan energy legislation package on Thursday that would support renewable energy, efficiency measures and nuclear power, and aides said it should move quickly to a vote in the chamber. The American Energy Innovation Act compiles more than 50 bills that were considered by the Senate Energy Committee over the last year. Before becoming law, it would have to be passed by the Senate and House of Representatives and signed by P… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Global Mining Review: Senate energy package recognises importance of American mining

by Jessica Casey

The National Mining Association (NMA) has applauded the Senate's 'American Energy Innovation Act,' which includes important steps to address the nation's alarming mineral import reliance and to increase the nation's development and deployment of essential carbon capture technologies. "Mining has never been more important to energy needs," said Rich Nolan, NMA President and CEO. "From the fuels that provide the foundation for the nation's electricity grid, to the materials essential to future te… Continue Reading

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