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Biden statement with Canada pledges to protect Porcupine caribou

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President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday issued a statement that they plan to “work together to help safeguard the Porcupine caribou herd calving grounds that are invaluable to the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit peoples’ culture and subsistence.”

The statement was embedded in a wide-ranging statement of shared goals, in which the two addresses climate, the Paris Agreement, Covid-19, gun violence, social media use by extremists, and more.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was mentioned specifically in the statement as being an important ecological component for the caribou.

Former President Donald Trump opened up the coastal plain area of the refuge for responsible oil exploration and drilling, something that is being put on hold by the Biden Administration.

The coastal plain sits on what is believed to be billions of barrels of crude oil that could go in to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System, and could help support jobs and the general economy of Alaska as well as provide royalties to the federal government.

The statement also said that the two countries “will launch an expanded U.S.-Canada Arctic Dialogue to cover cross-cutting issues related to continental security, economic and social development, and Arctic governance.”

The entire statement issued by the White House is at this link.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • The Feds need to stop violating the Alaska Statehood Act where we were contracted with to allow resource development.

  • While the Harris Administration shuts down development across the entire country, they welcome in Iranian oil and gas. Things that make you go “hmmm”.

  • Promise Only Good Until the Globalists decide they need the resources more than the caribou herd. Whether anyone likes it or not ANWR will be mined and drilled for our shopping consumption habits and luxury needs eventurally, cause I dont see shoppers deceasing their shopping and living needs.

  • Trudeau very happy to shut down US oil production.

  • It’s a good thing 40 years ago when the Gwich’in explored their land for oil that they didn’t find any. Revenue generated from anti-development activism is less cyclical that oil.

    • They have plenty of minerals on their land. The mining companies won’t go in and explore though because the Gwich’in would put too many restrictions on mining.

      • My point is the Gwich’in signed exploration agreements 40 years ago but no oil was discovered. Hard to google that up now – it’s not the narrative – but it is true. NYT has an article Nov 15, 1991. Headline was Eskimo Company Attacks Indians on Oil Drilling.

        • I googled “Gwitch’in oil royalty” and found a bunch of stuff on it that I wasn’t aware of.
          Google “Alaska Natives and nuclear power” wher Toshiba corp offered to build a nuclear power plant on the Yukon River, for free.

  • How about some cooperation with Canada re cross border movement so that we can drive to and from Alaska agin for pleasure or convenience. Also we need to get those cruise ships moving again to and fromAlaska to keep the Local businesses from going under. Those are the issues we NEED THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO FOCUS ON,!!

  • I wonder how much money has been spent on the studies oil vs caribou? Its a known fact that there is little to no impact on the caribou with oil devolvement.
    Why are we continuing to trying to reinvent the outcome for a different answer.

    • The porcupine herd is reaching a density which always triggers a culling by one or another disease or parasitic infestation.
      If and when that happens, just watch the Gwich’in blame the oil wells and open pit mines that aren’t there.

    • You are correct. Industry has no impact at all on the porcupine herd. They build Bridges and pipelines and the herd that simply migrates underneath them as if they weren’t there. These politicians really need to come up with something different than a 30 year old scare tactic that wasn’t valid then and isn’t valid now.

    • Savage 99, There is an impact on Caribou herds and Oil, at least in Alaska and it was a positive one for Caribou.. Turns out that construction of the pipe pad provided a place for Caribou to get off the Tundra and away from insects. This happy convenience provided for a lower calf mortality rate which increased the herd size. This data was well known in the late seventies and early eighties. Oh, and guess what, given the increase in Caribou numbers, Wolves too increased their population.
      China Joe and Justin the Handsome hate Wolves? I am so tired of this political speciesism thinly veiled by a mantle of environmental hogwash. Next topic Polar Bears…

      • There was a famous poster from years ago that showed several caribou carcasses being hauled across the pipeline with a forklift, having the caption: “there is more than one way to get caribou to cross the pipeline.”
        You would have loved it.

        • Billy, My favorite was an image of “courting Caribou” under an elevated portion of the TAPS pipe which Mark Russel used for his “getting Lewd under the Crude” jingle…

  • I could express frustration with this 1002 area of ANWR, but it has become so old and predictable that it’s just another chapter in the tragic comedy. Actually, Lisa Murkowski taking credit for Trump ending the impasse and successful lease sales was even more tragic than this, given the fact that he accomplished in days what she and her colleagues (and Daddy) failed to do in decades, yet she did everything in her power short of assassination to thwart and do away with him. Everybody is just going to have to get used to $5 per gallon gas again until this Demonrat administration is gone again. That’s how the pendulum swings.

  • I made this comment here “josephdj / February 1, 2021 … I was curious as to why Arizona got involved with Alaska’s oil. Seems that Arizona may consider Alaska to be a direct competitor with their oil and gas. Alaska’s 8+% of national production may not seem like much, but with margins so tight, it really cuts into Arizona’s bottom line. So it seems that it’s not about saving the environment, but about cutting out Alaska as a competitor.”
    Recent unfolding events indicate that Canada is doing the same thing … using “save the caribou” to mask their agenda for a reduction in America’s overall oil production. Again, it’s not about saving the caribou, but saving their oil revenue … with hopes that a shortfall in American oil production will help change Biden’s agenda on the Keystone pipeline.

  • Wow, a true meeting of the feeble minds here. Justin Trudeau reminds me of a liberal city mayor. They spoke softly to one another, hugged, talked about climate change, and Biden told Trudeau he would need to hire his son Hunter and put him on some special board of directors. So sad.

  • Savage 99, There is an impact on Caribou herds and Oil, at least in Alaska and it was a positive one for Caribou.. Turns out that construction of the pipe pad provided a place for Caribou to get off the Tundra and away from insects. This happy convenience provided for a lower calf mortality rate which increased the herd size. This data was well known in the late seventies and early eighties. Oh, and guess what, given the increase in Caribou numbers, Wolves too increased their population.
    China Joe and Justin the Handsome hate Wolves? I am so tired of this political speciesism thinly veiled by a mantle of environmental hogwash. Next topic Polar Bears…

    • Robert, given your level of study and research on all things leftist/globalist/Marxist, you know very well the motive has never been to protect the environment or the fauna thereon. Rather, the underlying agenda has always been to create an economic atmosphere of abject dependence upon the elite 1%. You see it now unfolding in that direction more than ever before.

  • Sounds like it’s time for some tough negotiating. Canada won’t let cruise ships docks? OK then we develop the coastal plain and drive down Canada’s petroleum economy.

    Too bad the only guy in the last 50 years that understands tough negotiations was fired for a virus he didn’t cause.

    It’s up to you Joe! Let’s go! Negotiate! The microphone is right here! ZZZZzzzzzzzzz…….

    • He was fired for not taking that virus “he didn’t cause” serious. Talk about a blunder. Almost as bad as attempting a takeover of the government because he was/is a spoiled brat. Wonder if he is getting tired of all the winning?

  • Go for it. That will end oil in Alaska and end the handouts. The villages will run out of money and sell out to the feds. No pride left; now go out and live traditionally.

    • Gwitch’in and BBNC are fighting against Native interests, in resisting energy and mineral development. The 12 Native corp and the 229 IRA villages could go bankrupt, one by one as the 7(i)(j) revenue sharing ties all of us together.
      We almost lost everything back in the 80’s but a generous congress allowed us to sell our Net Operating Losses.
      Won’t be that fortunate again. Every village that fails has to be supported by the rest of us. Enough small failures can lead to a domino effect, with all of us being pulled down tail-first.
      To bankrupt ASRC, all Biden has to do is change the rules for which crude has priority for getting refined on the west coast. For now it’s Alaska crude, but what if California and Arizona crude gets priority? They would pump more, and Alaska’s crude would be excess to capacity.
      California and Arizona already have enough legacy wells pumping at minimum capacity to do that, were they given incentive to increase output.
      This would justify shutting down TAPS, which would automatically trigger the requirement to restore the corridor to it’s previous natural state.
      Sealaska Native corp is already transitioning from timber harvesting to ocean oriented aquaculture. Couple of others are going more into commercial real-estate, and technical fields.
      All 12 regional Native corp are accelerating their diversification to foreign investments, with the S-48 also considered as “foreign”.
      The Gwitch’in have nothing to speak of, and BBNC has only their one pony, of which Seattle fishing interests own the majority of.

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