Alaska Dispatch News Op-Ed: Trump Should Reverse Obama’s Ban on Arctic Offshore Energy Development

In an op-ed published today in the Alaska Dispatch News, former Alaska Lt. Gov. and U.S. Arctic Research Commission Chair Mead Treadwell called on President Trump to reverse President Obama’s indefinite withdrawal of most of the U.S. Arctic from future oil and natural gas leasing.  In stating that the decision “ignores the spirit of previous rulings, disregards state and regional authority and has no historical parallel” and calling on the new administration to overturn it, Treadwell noted that the withdrawal was made without public comment or engagement, and discussed the negative energy supply, national security, and economic consequences of the removal

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