Alaska governor pushes domestic energy options
June 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Alaska governor pushes domestic energy options

(CNN) – During the GOP weekly address Saturday, Republican Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska called on the Obama administration to make more efforts to tap into domestic energy resources.

The governor said his state is prepared to pay millions in a partnership with the federal government to explore the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for precise estimates of its energy potential.

"What we propose is a fact-finding mission on federal lands with the State of Alaska covering up to one-third of the cost, so Americans have the facts on ANWR, and can understand what’s at stake for the country," he said.

Parnell also urged the president to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico. The project has seen fierce opposition from environmentalists who say the pipeline would have a severe impact on the areas surrounding the proposed oil path.

The State Department in March approved the project after initially rejecting it. President Barack Obama has promised to decide soon on whether or not to allow the TransCanada oil company to lay the 835-mile long Keystone pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. The southern leg of the pipeline has already been approved and is under construction.

"This common sense energy infrastructure project is truly shovel-ready," Parnell said, praising the project's potential for job growth.

A third energy option, he said, is offshore drilling. "And there's a lot of it out there."

"Offshore drilling has been stalled. Permitting for energy that can restore jobs across America is delayed. That’s not the ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that the president promised," he said.

In his weekly address, the president said within the next few months "we’re projected to begin producing more of our own crude oil at home than we buy from other countries – the first time that’s happened in 16 years."

But Parnell argued that oil is coming from "private lands, while production on federal lands, which belong...to the taxpayer, has dropped dramatically."


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is anti-America........he will invest in energy. Quite the contrary, he will only invest in the EPA.........to stop any and all energy projects possible, to make everything in America more expensive.

    June 1, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    World is after GREEN-ENERGY, does this idiot know???

    June 1, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    The GOP always whines about unfair treatment for the private sector, but now they're whining about the Government not doing enough oil drilling? These GOPers are certifiably insane. And another thing, any GOPer that is worried about the debt we're leaving "for our grandchildren", need to be kicked in the teeth and told that with their domestic energy plans, there won't even be a planet left for our grandchildren to inhabit after the GOP finishes destroying it.

    June 1, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Guess

    Imfailing to see the positive in this for us, not our oil, not our jobs, and all our risk, this is the most corrosive fuel we mine. in my neck of the woods, the kalamazoo river is as good as dead, with just a small spill. history has taught us the oil industry is irresponsible . they proved that in the gulf. so, why are the gop pushing so hard for this, promising energy independence, ZERO of this oil is for us, zero. they are building bigger ports to handle the new supertankers, just what we need, an even bigger accident.

    June 1, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Guess

    That pipeline is a disater waiting to happen, and gess who suffers, us. one of the most pristine natural areas we have left, and make no mistake, it will be ruined, only a matter of how long. they dont take care of the pipelines we already have, and that oil is much less corrosive to the pipes, do you really want to trust the oil companies with this?. first research events leading up to deepwell horizin, take your blood pressure med first. not a deep well, but the point is their not interested in safety or natural wildlife, or you for that matter

    June 1, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Guess

    And because this is a gop backed project, there will be no need for public consideration, why not? they keep draggimg benghazi, and irs and ap, and everything including thee kitchen sink, but totally disregard your opinions on this, another we know whats best for you moment im sure

    June 1, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Doc1

    Why can't ignoramuses like this guy just do his job instead of trying to toss 'red meat' to his equally ignorant populace. Oh, that right, the state that elected Sarah Palin. Never mind.

    June 1, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Data Driven

    "But Parnell argued that oil is coming from "private lands, while production on federal lands, which belong...to the taxpayer, has dropped dramatically."

    Romney tried this talking point during the presidential debates and Americans greeted it with a shrug. I greet it with irritation. Yes, Parnell, those lands belong to the taxpayer. Most of us don't want oil companies destroying it. That's why those lands have been set aside and protected from "development". What's so difficult to understand about this? This whole "federal lands haven't been destroyed, er, er, 'developed' as much as private lands" talking point only works with the energy lobbyists who take you out to dinner 3 times a week, Parnell.

    But you know what? It's your state. Destroy it for all I care.

    June 1, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |