On January 28, twenty-six U.S. Senators, including Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), submitted a letter to President Joe Biden opposing the Administration’s efforts to curtail domestic fossil fuel development. Within hours of his inauguration, President Biden began issuing a series of executive orders designed to halt new oil and gas development leases on federal lands, including a temporary moratorium on development in ANWR. The executive orders have drawn fierce criticism from numerous political leaders within Alaska, including Governor Mike Dunleavy (R – Alaska).
The letter submitted to President Biden cites the importance of American energy independence, alleges that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and criticizes the Administration for calling for unity while unilaterally cancelling major fossil fuel industry projects. The letter requests a meeting between the Senators and the President Biden “as soon as possible.”
The letter references the Keystone XL pipeline and support for the project from the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters and Laborers’ International Union of North America.
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