Alaskan officials cite job, economic gains from opening ANWR

09/26/2011
Authorizing oil and natural gas leasing on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain would provide thousands of new jobs and major economic benefits relatively quickly, Alaska state officials told the US House Natural Resources Committee. Republican committee members supported the idea while most Democrats opposed it. "Oil from ANWR could help meet US demand for the next 25 years—or longer," Gov. Sean Parnell (R) said by video hookup from Alaska. "Responsible development of ANWR would create hundreds of thousands of jobs across our nation, in virtually every state, because a secure supply of petroleum will create demand for goods and services, and lower the cost o...
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