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Issue Position: The Oil Pipeline

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I began this campaign with a challenge to the president: Mr. Obama, fill up this Pipeline! Since I was a kid, revenue from North Slope oil has paid for our roads, our schools, a third of our jobs, and Alaska's Permanent Fund. Oil is the foundation of the Alaska economy. But the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline is running less than one-third full and production continues to fall. We have the resources to reverse this trend but we face fierce opposition from Washington. Three times this spring, the Obama Administration has made decisions that threaten to choke off the pipeline altogether. They denied us a bridge to bring oil already found in the National Petroleum Reserve (NPRA) across the Colville River to join the pipeline. They canceled exploration in the Chuckchi after years of preparation, without giving us a plan to get back on track. They are trying to permanently block oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I learned, as Chair of the Arctic Research Commission, that 13% of the world's undiscovered oil, and 30% of the world's undiscovered natural gas, will likely be found in the arctic. Other nations are moving ahead. With competitive tax and royalty policies inside the state, and an effective challenge to Washington, we could be leading the world in the safe development of arctic resources. Alaska needs to get tough.

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