Speeches

09.17.08

Senator Murkowski’s remarks to the CSIS Conference: Arctic Resource Potential & Development

Senator Murkowski's remarks to the CSIS Conference: Arctic Resource Potential & Development September 17, 2008 I appreciate the opportunity to be with you this morning and to welcome all of you. I do have a passion about the arctic, its home; you know you are passionate about where you are from; passionate and proud, but also a little anxious, at about this point in time. We know that we have incredible resource wealth up north. We've known it and we've demonstrated it in our abili… Continue Reading


06.05.08

U.S. MARITIME ADMINISTRATION ARCTIC TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE

• Thank you for the invitation to speak to you about one of my favorite topics, the Arctic. The United States has been an Arctic nation since the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. • The heightened focus on the Arctic of late is primarily due to the impacts of climate change and the fact that these changes are occurring at an unprecedented rate in this region. This makes the Arctic the most vital place to be studying how climate change can affect the entire planet. • … Continue Reading


05.29.08

Climate Change Conference

Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me to be your keynote speaker for the Alaska Municipal League's Climate Change Conference. I must admit that I've been having trouble deciding just what to say to you today. If this speech had been delivered two weeks ago its content would have been far easier to craft. But just last week major changes were proposed in the bill that likely will serve as the vehicle for climate change - carbon emission reduction debate that soon will start in the U… Continue Reading


05.12.08

Senator Murkowski's Floor Speech on the American Energy Production Act of 2008

• Mr. President: I rise in support of passage of the American Energy Production Act, a comprehensive energy bill that was introduced last week by the ranking member of the Energy Committee, Senator Domenici. • There is no question that Americans are not just frustrated, but in economic distress over the prices they are paying for gasoline, heating oil, even natural gas right now. And those prices will continue to rise in the future. • With the events of earlier this week: … Continue Reading


05.07.08

Executive Committee U.S. Oil & Gas Assn. Board of Directors

Good morning. I would like to thank Alby Modina for inviting me to be here. It is a pleasure to be speaking before the executives who day in and day out produce much of the energy that this nation runs on; energy that used to be taken for granted. Clearly at current prices, Americans are no longer taking energy for granted. Unfortunately, while the public appears to be mad about what they're paying, their anger is likely to be directed toward those who produce the energy rather than thos… Continue Reading


04.29.08

Higher Energy Taxes, ANWR One Solution

Mr. President, I rise today to discuss current sky-high energy prices. I was in Alaska over the weekend. Everywhere I went the price of gasoline was the main topic. Here in the Lower 48 with crude oil prices nearing the $120 per barrel mark yesterday, and gasoline having hit a nationwide average high of $3.60 for a gallon of regular - up 4 cents over the weekend - prices are high. But in my home State of Alaska prices aren't high, they are in the stratosphere. In Bethel the price over t… Continue Reading


04.24.08

Global Marine Renewable Energy Conf. Ocean Renewable Energy Association

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04.24.08

Pacific Northwest Economic Regional Council (PNWER)

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03.18.08

Address to the Alaska State Legislature

Speaker Harris, President Green, members of the Legislature, thank you for allowing me to address the Legislature today. I want to talk about making history together, but first let's thank those Alaskans who are making us safe. This morning I was honored to address the Joint Armed Services Committee. We talked about health care services for our veterans in Alaska. The federal government clearly needs to improve its health care services for veterans, and I promise to the tens of thousands o… Continue Reading


02.26.08

Remarks for the National Indian Gaming Association's Winter Summit

Greetings Members of the Board and Tribal leaders, and welcome to the National Indian Gaming Association 2008 Winter Legislative Summit. I am pleased to be a part of this important event, and would personally like to extend my thanks to Ernie Stevens, Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association. With Chairman Steven's able leadership, NIGA has been a great advocate on many important issues facing Native people, including health care, housing, education and economic development, in additio… Continue Reading


02.26.08

Senator Murkowski addressing the Supreme Court Hearing of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Case

• Mr. President, tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of the ongoing litigation between Exxon Mobil and commercial fishermen and other plaintiffs whose livelihoods were negatively impacted by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. • The Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef at 12:04AM on March 24, 1989, spilling 11 million gallons of oil - about the same size as 125 Olympic-sized swimming pools - into Prince William Sound in Alaska. The oil from the spill migrated several h… Continue Reading


02.14.08

Business & Professional Women USA's luncheon for their annual Policy & Action Conference

Good morning and thank you for this opportunity to address the Business & Professional Women USA luncheon. It is a pleasure to be among leaders who are dedicated to important women's issues like Family and Medical Leave, equal pay and something very important to me - The HEART For Women Act. Many of you have traveled far distances, away from your homes and your families, to talk with Members of Congress about ways to improve the lives of women and build on our years of advancing women's … Continue Reading


02.12.08

Remarks To National Indian Education Association

President Gilbert, Tribal leaders, Educators and Friends. Good morning. It is both an honor and a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about my vision for the future of Native American education. Native children should not have to suffer from a second class education simply because they are on reservations or remote villages. I want to see an education system that equips our American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children with an education that is second to none. An educ… Continue Reading


02.10.08

Alaska Forum on the Environment

Good morning to everyone. It is a pleasure to speak at the 10th anniversary of the Alaska Forum on the Environment. Congratulations on reaching this milestone. Alaska is a leader in environmental protection, and I thank this organization for its part in our successes. Alaskans are environmentalists. We all share a deep love and respect for the outdoors. It's part of our DNA, just like our being ornery. I think some in the Lower 48 learn in time to love their environment - we in Alaska have an i… Continue Reading


12.05.07

Speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies on U.S. – Asia Economic Integration

Good morning and thank you for the invitation to be with you today. With the conclusion of the Third East Asia Summit in Singapore this is a very timely forum, the topic of which should catch the attention of not just policy makers here in Washington, but also those states that have considerable economic ties to the region as well. The natural tendency, when thinking of East Asia's potential economic integration from a U.S. perspective is to view it as if we're on the outside looking in.… Continue Reading


11.11.07

Veterans and Remembrance Day Address

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11.09.07

Senator Murkowski's Veterans and Remembrance Day Address

On October 18th, Alaska Day, we observed the 140th anniversary of the US purchase of Alaska from Russia. And in just a few weeks Alaskans will kick off a yearlong series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood. When I think about the proud history of Alaska and its people, I am humbled to realize that I represent the finest State in the Union. When we think about the events and industries that have made Alaska what it is - a place to dream big - … Continue Reading


11.08.07

Remarks for Washington Post Energy Forum - Time for the Big Bang Theory in Energy Policy

Given the complexity of the issues, five minutes is remarkably little time to outline an energy policy, but I will pretend like I am running for President… • My main point is that we no longer have time to contemplate an energy policy - we have to adopt a truly balanced energy policy NOW. • With oil prices above $90 a barrel and likely to soar, our economy can't afford business as usual. While we have improved energy efficiency, the prices we soon will face will … Continue Reading


10.19.07

Leadership for Healthy Communities Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit

• Good morning and thank you for this opportunity to address the first Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit. It is a pleasure to be among leaders on the issue of prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. I want to thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for putting together this two-day summit to help bring greater awareness to the rising epidemic of childhood obesity. • Many of you have traveled far distances to share your first hand experiences and successes in preven… Continue Reading


10.15.07

Arctic Energy Summit Speech

Good morning. It is a great honor to be here helping kick off this summit on the energy potential of the Arctic and how we can better go about producing that energy. • First, let me join in welcoming you to Alaska and to the state's largest city, Anchorage. It is truly appropriate that this energy summit, that is set to explore both the potential for Arctic energy and the means of producing it safely, using the best technology, with the most environmental care, is being held… Continue Reading

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