Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, raised the alarm about President Biden’s oil restrictions, pressuring her Home Secretary candidate, Rep. Deb Haaland, DN.M., on an executive order she said aimed to your state.
“When we see these executive orders coming out of the White House that not only affect a resource-based state like Alaska, but they actually call us by name,” he told Haaland during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. “We are one of only two states in the nation that were the subject of President Biden’s first-day executive order,” Murkowski said.
He appeared to be referring to Biden’s executive order directing the Department of the Interior to place a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing activities at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Murkowski went on to say that he did not believe that Biden “sought out” the Alaskans, but that he does believe that “there is a definite threat to the resource industry our state is fortunate to be able to host.”
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Turning to Haaland, he asked point blank, “So if you are confirmed in this very important position, what will be your approach to oil, gas and mineral resource development in a state like Alaska?”
Haaland responded in part by saying he wanted to continue working with Murkowski and helping Alaskans get the opportunities “they need.”
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“I know that President Biden does not want to paralyze any state,” he said.
“You took a break from the new leases to review the program. I want you to know that if I am confirmed, I will be very dependent on our relationship moving forward. I want to work with you. Make sure I understand the unique issues in Alaska and make sure we are doing everything possible to ensure that their constituents have the opportunities they need. “