I am in strong opposition to this Bill. To be forthright, I am a resident of Alaska, and am accordingly benefiting from ongoing and future petroleum extraction in the arctic.
Petroleum products are necessary for our nation as well as for the remainder of the developed and developing world.
Moreover, petroleum extraction from Alaska’s arctic along with the fracking operations in the continental United States are perhaps some of the safest most politically stable means to ensure that ample petroleum is available for our citizens and national security. Petroleum products are fungible, and extracting these products in the United States allows for less dependence on bad actors in the Middle East and the Russian competitors that we are squared off against on so many fronts.
Petroleum resources are already being extracted from the Arctic by several countries, including our economic and geopolitical competitors. Petroleum products will be necessary for the world’s industrial, transportation and energy needs for the foreseeable future. Setting aside our own national interests, petroleum products are going to be acquired from somewhere on our planet, and we in the United States are likely some of the best to do it in a safe manner.
I think that any legislator who suggests that we injure our economy while others enjoy our ignorant approach to governance should consider the consequences of his fumbling. Is he guilty of malfeasance in office as a representative of the United States Congress? Perhaps, but these are strange political times, and there appears to be many members who are interested in reorganization of the social order by destroying our economy and giving our geopolitical competitors a leg up.
Perhaps as a start, the member from California who proposed this silliness should first seek to close down all petroleum extraction and servicing of petroleum related transportation infrastructure with and on the continental shelf of California.