U.S. Arctic Opportunities, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 5, 2015 [open pdf - 22MB]
This is the March 5, 2015 hearing "U.S. Arctic Opportunities" held before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Chairman Lisa Murkowski: "The people of the Arctic, their lives depend on knowing what will happen with the weather. Being able to predict whether it is safe to go out on the ice, anticipating winter, anticipating the seasons. There is an awareness, I think, of the people of the Arctic about the land and their surroundings that perhaps we don't see in most places in the United States anymore because the people of the North depend on their land. I have been asked why it should be the Energy Committee that would have a full committee meeting on the Arctic, but I've pointed out that so much of America's Arctic land, of course within Alaska's sizeable borders, is federal land and that's where the nexus is with this Committee. That's why I wanted to invite the Committee to take a look at what I am describing as the Arctic opportunity that is before America and before the world today. It is economic opportunity. It is scientific opportunity. It is environmental opportunity. National security opportunities, and really opportunities for the nation as a whole from, quite literally, a 'top of the world' point of view." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert J. Papp, Bob Herron, Lesil McGuire, Charlotte Brower, Cecilia Bitz, and Patrick R. Arnold.
S. Hrg. 114-15; Senate Hearing 114-15
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