Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduces bill to authorize Arctic drilling: ‘Path toward greater prosperity’

Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduces bill to authorize Arctic drilling: ‘Path toward greater prosperity’
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – She will be remembered for saving Obamacare.]

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R.) introduced a bill this week that would allow oil and gas drilling in her state’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR.

Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee, released legislation Wednesday to bring energy development to two areas encompassing at least 400,000 acres each in the refuge’s coastal plain, known as the “1002 area,” the Washington Post reports. Murkowski presented the bill, which would require Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to approve major lease sales for the territories, as a way to generate revenue for both Alaska and the federal government, reducing the deficit in the process.

“The legislation I released tonight will put us on a path toward greater prosperity by creating jobs, keeping energy affordable for families and businesses, generating new wealth, and strengthening our security—while reducing the federal deficit not just by $1 billion over ten years, but tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars over the decades to come,” Murkowski said.

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