Alaskans Have Right To Be Angry With Obama Energy Policy
BY CATHY GIESSEL
Federal overreach isn’t just a catchy talking point. It has real consequences that I see and experience every day in Alaska.
Alaska has been the victim of countless actions by the Obama administration to unilaterally close off areas to energy development.
In the past two months, President Obama has used his executive authority to close areas in Bristol Bay, the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea from energy leasing — all without congressional oversight or thorough consultation with Alaskan officials.
Then, on a Sunday morning last month, we awoke to the news the president would attempt to close permanently the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to energy development.