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06.14.22

Murkowski Announces Alaskan Communities Selected for DOE Partnership to Transform Energy Systems & Increase Resilience

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that four Alaskan communities were selected to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help address high energy costs and vulnerable energy infrastructure. The Alaskan towns of Igiugig, McGrath, Nikolski, and St. George were among 12 communities nationwide selected by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as part of the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) to meet resilient energy goals. DOE selected c… Continue Reading


05.20.22

ICMYI: Murkowski Leads GOP Colleagues in Calling Out Biden Administration for Failed Energy Policies, High Gas Prices

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) led a group of her Senate Republican colleagues in a press conference this week to discuss the recent record-high gas prices across the country and call out the Biden administration for their failed energy policies. "I come from a state where we are an energy producer. But we pay some of the highest energy costs in the country, and right now our gas prices are the sixth highest in the country. Statewide, regular gas has increased by more than 52 percent over l… Continue Reading


04.26.22

BLM’s NPR-A Plan Harms American Energy Security, Ignores Alaskan Voices

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today slammed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for reverting the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) to the 2013 version of its Integrated Activity Plan (IAP). This shortsighted decision closes millions of acres to responsible energy development, deliberately upending a careful balance in the management of the reserve and more broadly across Alaska lands. The Biden administration's move abandons the 2020 version of the IAP, … Continue Reading


04.14.22

Murkowski Statement on Highest Inflation in Four Decades

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report showing inflation reached 8.5 percent over the past year, the largest year-over-year increase since 1981. "The numbers in this report serve to underscore the painful reality that Alaskans are facing every time they go to a grocery store or a gas station. Just about everything is being impacted by rising inflation as we see the cost of transportation and the overall co… Continue Reading


03.31.22

Murkowski: Latest Biden Oil ‘Plan’ is Half-Baked, Irresponsible

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement after President Biden announced he would release approximately 180 million barrels of emergency oil reserves over the next six months. In addition, instead of taking meaningful steps to increase domestic oil and gas production, the President called on Congress to impose new fees on domestic oil and gas leaseholders. "Earlier this week, the President proposed to raise taxes on domestic energy producers by tens of billi… Continue Reading


03.31.22

DPA Announcement on Mineral Security Will Benefit Alaska

At the urging of U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Jim Risch (R-ID), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), President Biden today announced that he is invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to spur critical mineral production. On March 11, the Senators sent a letter to President Biden calling to invoke the DPA to rebuild the capacity of key sectors and value-chains by domestically producing and processing critical minera… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Senators Murkowski, Manchin, Risch and Cassidy Urge Administration to Meet Domestic Mineral Demand, Address Supply Chain Crisis

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Jim Risch (R-ID), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) wrote a letter to President Joe Biden stressing the urgency for the United States to strengthen America's mineral security. They call upon him to invoke the Defense Production Act to rebuild the capacity of key sectors and value-chains by domestically producing and processing critical minerals, such as battery metals like lithium and gr… Continue Reading


03.07.22

Manchin, Murkowski Statement on Growing Bipartisan, Bicameral Efforts to Ban Russian Energy Imports

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement on the recently announced bipartisan, bicameral agreement from the Senate Committee on Finance that provides a legislative path forward to ban imports of energy products from Russia. "Vladimir Putin's unprovoked war on Ukraine has killed hundreds of innocent people - many o… Continue Reading


02.22.22

Delegation Condemns Biden Administration Filing Against Alaska’s Ambler Road

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements in response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) court filing to reopen the Record of Decision for the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project (Ambler Road). This project-which began permitting during the Obama administration-received final federal approval in July of 2020, but now faces months of supplemental environmental analysis. "America's lack … Continue Reading


02.10.22

Murkowski Presses Biden Nominee Over Confounding Land Management & Resource Policies & Broken Statehood Promises

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) helped lead a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing this week where she pressed Laura Daniel-Davis, nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, over the Biden administration's harmful policies to Alaska implemented by the Department of the Interior. "We want DOI to be our partner, not our landlord, but that relationship has taken turn after turn in the wrong direction in the year-plus this administration … Continue Reading


01.11.22

“No Action” Administration Targets NPR-A for Latest Restrictions on Alaska Resource Development

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, issued the following statements after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signaled that it plans to close millions of additional acres in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to responsible resource development. "With zero analysis or consultation with Alaskans, the Biden administration has decided to upend the NPR-A's current management plan to return to an outdated policy that is worse for our state's econ… Continue Reading


12.16.21

Murkowski Congratulates ConocoPhillips On GMT2 Production

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today applauded ConocoPhillips for achieving first oil production at its Greater Mooses Tooth #2 (GMT2) drill site, located in the northeast part of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The project received final approval from federal officials in late 2018. "Congratulations to ConocoPhillips and their dedicated team for bringing more Alaska oil to market to help refill the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and create hundreds of well-paying jobs in our s… Continue Reading


11.24.21

Three Murkowski Bills Pass Out of Energy and Natural Resources Committee

During a recent Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee business meeting, three bills sponsored by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) were reported favorably out of committee, advancing to the full Senate for consideration. S. 2524 amends the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to make clear that dividends from Settlement Trusts cannot be considered when determining eligibility for federal need-based programs for a Native or descendant of a Native who is 65 years or older, blind, or disab… Continue Reading


11.23.21

Murkowski: Biden Administration’s Decision to Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserve is Misguided and Insufficient

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today issued the following statement after the Biden administration announced it will exchange and sell oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which is meant to be used to respond to severe energy supply disruptions. Murkowski knocked the administration for pursuing this false solution - debunked as recently as last week at a hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee - after months of supply-side restrictions that have added to … Continue Reading


10.26.21

Murkowski, Sullivan Introduce Bill to Establish Offshore Revenue Sharing for Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-AK, today introduced legislation to provide for equitable revenue sharing from energy production and development in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf. The bill, Alaska Offshore Parity Act, will facilitate the establishment of a revenue sharing program for Alaska to provide parity with onshore and offshore development in the outer Continental Shelf. This program will provide support for onshore infrastructure for coastal communities, mitigatio… Continue Reading


10.25.21

Air Force Selects Eielson Air Force Base as Preferred Location for DoD Nuclear Micro-Reactor

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) applauded the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for selecting Eielson Air Force Base as the preferred pilot location to host the first Air Force nuclear micro-reactor. As a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murkowski has helped secure significant funding for nuclear micro-reactor development and helped spearhead the creation of the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program. During her tenure as Chairman of the Senate Energy Committe… Continue Reading


08.17.21

Senator Murkowski Hosts Secretary of Energy in Alaska

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently hosted U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, in Alaska for a visit focused on the state's immense energy potential including a number of cutting-edge, Alaska driven initiatives. Senator Murkowski helped educate Secretary Granholm on an array of renewable energy projects within the state, including hydropower, wind energy, geothermal energy, and energy efficiency. "Alaska is leading the way when it comes to responsible energy development. The be… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Alaska Delegation & Governor Criticize Biden Interior Department for Stalling ANWR

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, and Governor Mike Dunleavy (all R-Alaska) issued the following statements criticizing today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that the agency is initiating the supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) process for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program. This comes on the heels of the Interior Department suspending all oil an… Continue Reading


06.28.21

Cantwell, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Incentivize Hydropower Upgrades, Restore River Flow

Last week, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced Senate Bill 2306, the Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectric and River Restoration Act of 2021, that would create new federal tax incentives to encourage safety, environmental, and grid resiliency upgrades for hydropower dams. This will help ensure that existing hydroelectric facilities are able to continue to provide emissions-free, affordable electricity to millions of Pacific Northwest ratepayers. The bill wo… Continue Reading


06.03.21

Launch Alaska Awarded $1 Million DOE Grant to Strengthen Energy Innovation Ecosystems

Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that Launch Alaska Transportation and Energy Accelerator (LATEA) was selected to receive $1 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) to support startups and promising energy technologies in Alaska. The grant will help drive long term innovation and stimulate new business in Alaska. The partners LATEA brought together for this award include: DOE's Arctic Energy Office, the Cent… Continue Reading

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