In a historic move, four Alaska legislators from across the state this morning voted against House resolution HJR 5, which urges Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration. Five representatives were absent.
New Mexico’s public lands got a reprieve today when the sponsor of a bill that would have opened the door to privatizing our public lands and resources withdrew the legislation due to overwhelming public opposition.
This bill enjoys unusual broad, bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress and among many western local elected officials for the benefits it would provide to renewable energy development, western communities, and conservation.
The Alaska House Resources Committee is meeting today at 1 p.m. to hear public testimony on House Joint Resolution 5, which encourages Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.
This evening, the House Republican conference passed a rule change that would make it easier to sell off federal land to states. Current rules requiring spending offsets would be abolished. The change is part of the House rules package.