President Issues Executive Order on Energy Independence

President Trump today issued an executive order on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.”  Among other things, the order directs agency heads to immediately review all agency actions the potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, and suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden domestic energy resource development beyond the extent […]

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UPI: Aerial Survey of Polar Ice Expands to Arctic

UPI today reported on NASA’s efforts to conduct aerial 3-D views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, noting that the activities will be expanded to include the Arctic Eurasian Basin for the first time.  The survey, to be conducted in spring 2017, will include two research flights based out of a Norwegian archipelago in the north Atlantic.

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U.S. Congressman Introduces Bill to Reform Antiquities Act

U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) today introduced the “Marine Access and State Transparency Act” (H.R. 1489), a bill that would reform the Antiquities Act to require congressional and state approval and certification of National Environmental Policy Act compliance for designations of national monuments, as well as public review periods and congressional approval for restrictions on the […]

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Juneau Empire: Arctic Council Meets in Juneau

The Juneau Empire today reported on this week’s gathering of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials and representatives of indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to discuss a variety of topics.  The meeting,  which will cover areas including scientific cooperation, Arctic economies, renewable energy, marine biodiversity, and black carbon emissions, will set the stage for the Arctic […]

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Coast Guard Awards $20M in Contracts for Heavy Icebreaker Design Studies

The Coast Guard today announced that it awarded five contracts worth $20 million for heavy polar icebreaker design studies.  Subject to appropriations, the Coast Guard plans to award a contract in FY 2019 for the design and construction of the lead heavy polar icebreaker.

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Report Addresses Impacts of Not Supporting Economic Development, Funding Military Priorities in Arctic

In a report released today, the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure analyzed the challenges and opportunities in realizing the next generation of U.S. Arctic infrastructure.  The report concludes that failing to support economic development and fund military priorities in the Arctic could cost Alaska and the federal government $6.3 billion in needed infrastructure investments.

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AK State Senator Introduces Pro-Energy Resolution

Alaska State Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R) today introduced a resolution co-sponsored by 11 colleagues in support of Alaska energy development in the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf, National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  The resolution also underscores the need for due process in federal permitting processes and expanded revenue-sharing.  The resolution urges the Trump administration […]

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Reuters: Putin’s Russia in Biggest Arctic Military Push Since Soviet Fall

Reuters today reported on Russia’s military buildup in the Arctic and icebreaker fleet expansion, calling it “part of a push to firm Moscow’s hand in the High North as it vies for dominance with traditional rivals Canada, the United States, and Norway as well as newcomer China.”  According to officials, military analysts, and review of […]

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