In a piece published by the Anchorage Daily News, U.S. Representative John Curtis (R-Utah) and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) President Heather Reams discussed their participation at the 2023 Arctic Encounter in Anchorage, AK, and key takeaways from Alaska’s approach to all-of-the-above energy.
“What was clear to us is that energy production is critical to Alaska’s economy and way of life. From the time Alaska became a state, it has relied on oil and gas revenues to support its overall economy,” wrote Rep. Curtis and Reams.
“Returning home, we are inspired by the unique challenges Alaskans face. In Utah, and other areas of the lower 48, some rural communities also have difficult weather extremes and a lack of basic infrastructure,” they continued. “Because of these challenges—from Alaska to the American West and the Northeast United States—it is unrealistic to expect a clean energy transformation overnight. Instead, we should empower states to do what Alaska has so successfully done for decades: to embrace all their energy resources that support jobs and local economies while strengthening our energy security, lowering prices for Americans, and reducing global emissions.”