Murkowski to Arctic Symposium: World Not Waiting on U.S. in Arctic

Senator Addresses Conference on Need for Investment, Action

Senator Lisa Murkowski today spoke at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Arctic Symposium, urging action and warning that “an increase in Arctic activity will happen with or without the United States’ involvement.”

During her speech, the Senator said that the international community is aggressively attempting to leverage interests and architecture in the Arctic and that more consideration should be given to public-private partnerships to boost the resources available for economic and infrastructure development projects in the Arctic.

(Senator Murkowski speaks to NOAA Arctic Symposium – Click image to watch.)

Murkowski also pushed back against those in the federal government who think ‘Arctic’ is synonymous with ‘Alaska,’ saying “We need to get to the point where the Arctic is a national term and a national priority, because it should be of the national interest.  That’s why I founded the U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus with Senator Angus King (I-ME) to boost awareness and educate decision-makers.”