Map Sen. Sullivan gave to president Friday tells the story of how Biden has locked up Alaska in just two years


When Alaska’s delegation met with President Joe Biden on Friday, Sullivan had a leave-behind document for the commander-in-chief: A map showing all of the areas that Biden has locked down in Alaska.

Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Rep. Mary Peltola pressed the president to approve the Willow Project, a ConocoPhillips oil play in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. It’s a long shot, observers say, because the Biden Administration is owned by the environmental lobby. It was the first-ever meeting of the entire Alaska delegation and the president, who is now in his third year in office.

The map and the legend that goes with it shows that starting on Biden’s first day in office on Jan. 20, 2021, he took 10 adverse actions by his administration against Alaska in just the first three months. Another 10 adverse decisions were made before Thanksgiving that year, for a total of 20. And by the end of that year, the total number was 41 orders and rules that locked down Alaska’s resource economy.

Must Read Alaska has obtained an exclusive copy of that map, above, and legend, below:

Sullivan, Murkowski, and Peltola issued a joint statement after their meeting with the president and his advisers:

“We met with the President and his senior advisors in the Oval Office for more than an hour yesterday afternoon. The conversation was honest and respectful, and we appreciated the President’s recognition of how critical this moment is for Alaska’s future our nation’s energy transition.

“We were united in our advocacy for the Willow Project and made the strongest possible case for it. From state and national labor voices to Alaska Native leaders—Alaskans have repeatedly made clear their strong and united support for the project, and traveled thousands of miles to share their stories as to why the Willow Project will support their communities and families.

“Now, this decision is in the hands of the President. We hope the President will listen to the voices of indigenous Alaskans who live on the North Slope, the voices of labor leaders and union workers who are ready to help build Alaska’s economy, listen to the voices of national security officials underscoring the importance of Willow for American energy security, listen to the unanimous voice of members of the Alaska Legislature, and most importantly, listen to the Alaskans whose children and communities stand to benefit from the Willow Project for generations to come.

“The President has all the information he needs to make the right decision for Alaska and for the nation, and reapprove a three-pad, economically-viable Willow Project alternative without delay.” 

The statement added that the Willow Project is a meticulously planned, socially just, and economically crucial project that will cover 0.002% of Alaska’s petroleum reserve, which itself is the size of Indiana. After the Obama-Biden administration encouraged development in the petroleum reserve, the project’s proponent, ConocoPhillips, entered federal permitting and received approval for it in 2020.

After further environmental analysis over the past two years, civil servants at the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management recently recommended its re-approval with three pads; anything less would be non-viable and equivalent to a denial.

The Willow Project has widespread support from the delegation; Alaska Natives, including those who live on the North Slope; state and national labor groups such as the AFL-CIO; many additional stakeholders, and is unanimously supported by the Alaska State Legislature, the statement added.

The Alaska delegation says it expects the Biden administration’s final decision on the Willow Project next week.


  1. Call me crazy but I believe every Alaskan representative voted for Biden’s nominees who locked everything down. So Sullivan can go pound sand. A day late a buck short. He is worthless

    • You nailed it! It would do Alaskans well to remember his fence-riding till after the fact tactics (after the fact meaning he always pontificates a stern response after the damage is already done) come next election cycle. Sullivan is another Murkowski, only less honest about it. “Worthless” is an understatement.

  2. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  3. I sure hope this succeeds. If it doesn’t, then hasn’t the federal government violated the Statehood Compact wherein the State of Alaska was given the rights to all its subsurface mineral rights on State land? I realize we are speaking of federal lands, NPR-A, but it would seem that Alaska is not being allowed to develop resources to support itself as specified in the Compact, regardless of the lands, state or federal. If this fails, the federal govt should designate Alaska a National Park.

  4. Unlock Alaska by emergency order and to use a similar defense authorization as to develop our lands to the maximum benefit of the people let the feds fight us in court because we are critical to national defense and our science is more pure than the fake unelected elite who seek to take our rights and allow other states to develop at the nations expense. All Biden’s executive actions not based in real science must be Indonesian by sta executive emergency order. Using national defense authorizations if necessary.

  5. We should just go ahead and develop our resources and tell the kids to go pound sand. If the feds wanted to land in Alaska, they can rent from us were the only state not allowed to develop because of policies against our state. I think we had to take some of the PFD hire a bunch of lawyers and sue stop any development in any state. What’s the feds gonna do come up here militarized the state good luck.

  6. “A map showing all of the areas that Biden has locked down in Alaska.”
    Sounds good, but in reality, Sullivan just gave Biden a map of all the places to lock down in the next two years.

    • Biden will have the map enlarged to poster size, autograph it, frame it, and hang it on the oval office wall.

  7. Senator Sullivan and the Alaska Republican Party have always been out to lunch on environemntal issues. Governor Dunleavy wants to sell low value timber as Carbon Credits and Sen Sullivan wants to cut down high carbon value timber in the Tongass. ANWR Hydrocarbon development is not economically feasible , get over it! Arctic OCS is not profitable, get over it. The BLM allotment issues linger since the Vietnam War, let’s blame Biden. NPR-A development has not been rejected to date by Biden. Sullivan is in his element talking foreign policy, he should stay in his lane.

  8. Before you quit a job you should have one to go to; We are not ready to go green and cutting off our energy supply is dangerous. Unfortunately it has become politicized and the people will suffer for it. Our delegation has to fight not only for Alaska but for the rest of the country and not follow the party line. If it makes sense drill and use directional drilling

    • You are 100% correct Dan. In fact we are very exposed at the moment. This nation’s security is not good.

      I’m curious what we are going to use for power to dig all this metal out of the ground let alone refine and build all this electric crap.

  9. “Green” is just an excuse – brandon is owned by the Chicoms and appears to have given Alaska to Beijing. His traitorious actions and lies will catch up with him … someday.

  10. Our Founders did not design a government with a President with this much power. They didn’t want a king. Where are the checks and balances on executive powers?

  11. As a 35 year Alaskan I am pleased with most of the environmental actions by Biden. The Arctic Refuge should not be drilled and the hunting regulations in National Monuments are totally appropriate. Ditto with doing away with the Tongass actions of the Trump administration – 1000 more miles of road were proposed on Prince of Wales – no way is that in the best interest of our fishing industry . Ambler mine- if it was so valuable for the industry let them pay for the road with huge safeguards to protect all those watersheds. If people really want to live in a drilled, mined, cut over landscape there are 48 other states you can do that in.

  12. How about the National Petroleum Reserve? No drilling there, either, eh Poppy? That’s where Willow is, but maybe you just don’t know that.

    No logging old growth, but did you know that old growth forests end up releasing carbon back into the atmosphere, whereas young forests absorb carbon? Did you know that there are 700 miles of road on Prince of Wales, which is the third-largest island in the USA? Did you know that the Tongass logging plan was for only another 614 miles of road, not 1000 more miles, as you falsely state?

    Did you know that the plan for logging was to designate 185,000 acres as suitable for timber production? Did you know that Prince of Wales is 1.649 million acres? No, it is evident you do know know what you are talking about in the Tongass. You are laughable.

    Ambler road: did you know that it’s a private-public partnership with AIDEA matched by private capital?
    Did you know it’s a 211-mile road? Did you know we have not built a major road in Alaska since we widened the Whittier Tunnel in 1998?

    Why just 48 states, Poppy? For what reason are you cutting one state out? Which state cannot be touched besides Alaska? With all due respect, you sound terribly uninformed.

  13. Is anyone dumb enough to think that Biden or anyone else actually looked at the map? It was more for PR with Alaskans than anything else. And, is anyone dumb enough to think the Peltola is not a commie stooge?

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