The Alaska House on Monday passed a resolution calling out the Biden Administration’s moratorium on all oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). HJR 12 passed the House 35-3, “reflecting a united effort by Alaskans to defend their state’s energy rights against a hostile federal administration,” according to a statement from House Republicans.
Those opposing it were House Democrat Rep. Liz Snyder, Sara Hannan, and Geran Tarr. Democrat Reps. Zack Fields and Grier Hopkins were not present.
Sponsored by Rep. Rauscher of Sutton and co-sponsored by 23 members, the resolution also asks the Biden Administration to enforce the law as written. Federal law explicitly calls for “leasing development, production and transportation of oil and gas” in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
“With this resolution, the Alaska House of Representatives have joined our voice with the majority of Alaskans and North Slope residents,” Rep. Rauscher said. “We send a unified message to the Federal Government, asking them to work with us, rather than against us, in developing our resources and empowering our communities.”
All House Republican caucus members voted in favor of the resolution and were joined by 16 members of the Democrat-led coalition.
“As representatives, we have a duty to stand up for Alaskan industry and jobs,” Republican Caucus Leader Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/MatSu) said. “That’s why our caucus will continue fighting for an Alaska open for business.”