Sen. Murkowski eNewsletter 01/09/2009
Sen. Murkowski welcomes Mark Begich to the United States Senate
Sen. Murkowski looks on as Mark Begich is sworn in as Alaska's new Senator.
Sen. Murkowski reaffirms Alaska values
Senator Murkowski signs the Unity Pledge.
Sen. Murkowski attended the statehood gala
Sen. Murkowski and husband Verne at the Alaska Statehood Gala.
U.S. Postal Service releases Alaska Statehood stamp
Sen. Murkowski and Gov. Palin with a future Iditarod sled-dog at the unveiling of the Alaska Statehood Stamp.
On January 3rd, I attended the U.S. Postal Service’s official release of the Alaska Statehood commemorative stamp. Hundreds of Alaskans were on hand to be the first to receive the stamp that features a photograph by Jeff Schultz of Anchorage of a dogsledder taken in 2000 near Rainy Pass in the Alaska Range. The stamp is a wonderful depiction of the beauty and independent spirit found throughout the state.
Sen. Murkowski attends Conference of Young Alaskans
Sen. Murkowski meets with Department of Energy Secretary-designate Chu
Dr. Chu, as energy secretary, would be responsible for a number of policies vital to our nation’s energy security, so I wanted to hear his ideas for tackling the challenges presented by climate change and our need for affordable energy before his confirmation hearing Jan. 13.
Dr. Chu, a Nobel-winning scientist, said he would direct the Department of Energy to take the lead on developing the new technologies we’ll need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions without harming the economy. Chu said he plans to start by increasing energy efficiency and conservation efforts to reduce demand for fossil fuels.
We spoke about the need to streamline the department’s loan guarantee program for renewable energy and the need to develop a workable solution for handling nuclear waste so that nuclear power can be a safe and carbon-free part of our energy mix. I also brought Dr. Chu up to speed on the North Slope natural gas pipeline project and how urgently both Alaska and the country need our gas.
I invited Dr. Chu to visit Alaska as soon as possible after his confirmation to see firsthand the opportunities our state holds for developing its renewable natural resources, such as wind, geothermal and ocean energy. I also want to show him the incredible technological advances the oil and gas industry has made with directional drilling techniques and other efforts to protect the environment while producing the energy our nation depends on.
I look forward to hearing more from Dr. Chu at his upcoming confirmation hearing before the full energy committee.
Inauguration Day Information
- The Alaska State Society will host a reception on Sunday, January 18, an afternoon tea to celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 19 and a Champagne Brunch on Tuesday, January 20 in honor of the inauguration. Click here for more details and locations.
- Senator Begich and I will host an open house for visiting Alaskans at 902 Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday, January 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to use public transportation when traveling within the D.C. metro area. Most of the streets in the downtown area and around the Capitol will be closed, making driving in the city very difficult. Parking spaces are limited even on regular days in D.C., so public transportation will be the way to go.
- I strongly recommend purchasing transit tickets online to avoid delays on Inauguration day. Visitors using the Washington Area Metro can buy day passes in advance, plan their trips and routes and get more information on Inauguration Day transit here. Those traveling to D.C. on Amtrak can purchase tickets and receive Amtrak’s recommendations for Inauguration Day here. For those wishing to ride the MARC train into Union Station tickets can be purchased here.
- Expect to be outside for long periods of time. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing since you will likely have to walk and stand for a long time in security lines.
Additional information on Inauguration Day 2009 can be found at the District of Columbia’s Inauguration website, the U.S. Senate’s Inaugural website and the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s website. I look forward to seeing those of you who are traveling to D.C. soon.