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Operating as usual

Lisa Murkowski
01/03/2021

Lisa Murkowski

I’ve had the honor and the privilege to be both Ranking Member and Chairman for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee now for a total of 12 years. Reflecting on the 116th Congress, it is remarkable what our committee accomplished. We started with our sweeping lands package (the Dingell Act) and ended it by finally modernizing our nation’s energy laws with our Energy Act of 2020. I thank Ranking Member Senator Joe Manchin III for his partnership and commitment to bipartisan solutions. https://bit.ly/3pK6uU6

As we ring in 2021, we will be toasting not just the New Year — or all of the #minerals used in fireworks — but also our...
12/31/2020

As we ring in 2021, we will be toasting not just the New Year — or all of the #minerals used in fireworks — but also our newfound opportunities to strengthen our mineral security, thanks to language included in the omnibus from Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s American Mineral Security Act → http://bit.ly/34Vy0py

12/28/2020

✅ Finally, our nation’s energy laws have been modernized.
The #EnergyActof2020, included in the omnibus POTUS just signed, has been an effort years in the making by Sen. Lisa Murkowski of #Alaska.

Lisa Murkowski
12/21/2020
Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

The bipartisan, bicameral #EnergyActof2020 has been included as Division Z of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, must-pass legislation. The Energy Act represents the first modernization of our nation’s energy policies in well over a decade. This bipartisan package will foster innovation across the board on a range of technologies that are critical to our energy and national security, our long-term economic competitiveness, and the protection of our environment. Read my full statement below:

Bureau of Land Management - Alaska
11/28/2020

Bureau of Land Management - Alaska

📣 ICYMI | Great News for Native American Heritage Day: Rules published today mean nearly 2,000 eligible Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans and family members can OFFICIALLY APPLY DEC. 28 for up to 160 acres of federal land in the state!

✔️Today’s Federal Register notice gives applicants 30 days to prepare and submit applications before the opening day.

✔️Applications for the 5-year #AKNativeVetsLand program under the #DingellAct will be accepted until Dec. 29, 2025.

😥 500+ still missing. Download and distribute a flyer locally to help.

❓ Find a link to the rules and available lands map, as well as downloadable applications, downloadable info flyers, points of contact, FAQs, and more at www.blm.gov/alaska/2019AKNativeVetsLand.

#AKDingellAct #NativeAmericanHeritageDay Congressman Don Young Senator Dan Sullivan Lisa Murkowski Bureau of Land Management U.S. Indian Affairs U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Veterans of America U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of the Interior
11/27/2020

U.S. Department of the Interior

Need a stretch after Thanksgiving dinner? After a big meal, there's nothing like adventuring outside at nearby public lands to watch a sunset, hike, or even ski and snowshoe. Today's a great day to #OptOutside! With varying visitors and staff on public lands this time of year, make sure you plan ahead and prepare. We've got a couple of tips to help you out:

🌄 Know before you go. Look at current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities.

🌄 Keep it close. Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting.

🌄 Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.

🌄 Know your limits. Consider postponing challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.

🌄 Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas.

🌄 Keep it inclusive. Be an active part of making our nation’s parks and public lands safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

Photo at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California by Christina Allan (www.sharetheexperience.org).

11/18/2020
PLFM Hearing

Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining legislative hearing. More information: https://bit.ly/2UDXrq7

Witnesses:
-Mr. Chris French
Deputy Chief
USDA Forest Service;
-Mr. Michael Nedd
Deputy Director for Operations, Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of the Interior;
-The Honorable Art Babbott
Supervisor
Coconino County (Arizona) Board of Supervisors; and
-Ms. Susan Jane M. Brown
Staff Attorney
Western Environmental Law Center.

11/18/2020
Nominations Business Meeting

Business meeting to consider the nominations of Mark Christie and Allison Clements to be Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Bureau of Land Management - Alaska
10/15/2020

Bureau of Land Management - Alaska

Alaska has the elements for power🔋
Whether it’s the batteries of today or those of tomorrow, Alaska has and will continue to help power the nation.

#DYK Alaska has 3 out of the 4 common minerals needed for lithium ion batteries? Known deposits are in various locations around the state, and new potential deposits are being explored and studied. Using Zinc-based batteries instead? Alaska has that, too!

Learn more about Alaska's mineral deposits from Alaska DGGS, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Bureau of Land Management: https://dggs.alaska.gov/minerals/akgeology-info.html

📷 V.Rathbun (BLM)

09/23/2020
Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

Today I chaired an Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on emerging offshore energy technologies. Beyond oil and gas, there are numerous ways to produce energy in the ocean, including offshore wind and marine energy. Coastal states have the opportunity to expand and reimagine their ocean-based economies with these technologies, and developing them will enable cleaner and more affordable energy for a wide range of communities. From the RivGen Power System deployed in Igiugig to the energy capacities in Cook Inlet, and beyond, Alaska is an ideal proving ground for energy technologies. For more information, click here: https://bit.ly/3012LH5

09/22/2020

Full committee hearing to examine emerging offshore and marine energy technologies in the United States, including offshore wind, marine and hydrokinetic energy, and alternative fuels for maritime shipping.

Witnesses:
The Honorable Daniel R. Simmons
Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy;

Dr. Walter Cruickshank
Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,
U.S. Department of the Interior;

Mr. Stuart Davies
Chief Executive Officer
Ocean Renewable Power Company, Inc. (ORPC);

Ms. Siri Espedal Kindem
President and CEO
Equinor Wind US; and

Mr. Jonathan Lewis
Senior Counsel
Clean Air Task Force.

09/22/2020

Full committee hearing to examine emerging offshore and marine energy technologies in the United States, including offshore wind, marine and hydrokinetic energy, and alternative fuels for maritime shipping.

Witnesses:
The Honorable Daniel R. Simmons
Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy;

Dr. Walter Cruickshank
Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,
U.S. Department of the Interior;

Mr. Stuart Davies
Chief Executive Officer
Ocean Renewable Power Company, Inc. (ORPC);

Ms. Siri Espedal Kindem
President and CEO
Equinor Wind US; and

Mr. Jonathan Lewis
Senior Counsel
Clean Air Task Force.

09/21/2020
Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

While Alaska has had a relatively quiet fire season, our West Coast neighbors have lost loved ones and homes to the wildfires raging in Oregon, California, and Washington. Jim Hubbard, who serves as the USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, is among those at the helm of the federal response. He joined me this week for a timely discussion on the challenges of coordination during a pandemic.

09/17/2020
Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

Today I chaired a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Mark Christie and Allison Clements to be Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Decisions that FERC Commissioners make matter—not only to the energy sector but to the nation. Approving the siting of natural gas pipelines, investigating energy markets, and licensing hydroelectric projects are just a few of FERC’s duties. FERC’s economic reach has been estimated at 3% of GDP, but its real impact is likely greater because energy is a fundamental input. So every hearing on a FERC Commissioner is critical as I want to make sure we choose the right people for this very important role.

09/16/2020

Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing to consider pending legislation. More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2E5LLYv

09/16/2020

Full committee hearing to consider the nominations of Mark Christie and Allison Clements to be Commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

09/15/2020
www.energy.senate.gov

Last Friday, the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, National Association of Manufacturers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined 68 other stakeholders urging passage of the American Energy Innovation Act before the year is over. AEIA represents more than a year’s worth of bipartisan work by Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Manchin. It incorporates the priorities of more than 70 Senators and is supported by more than 200 organizations. The legislation would modernize the nation’s energy laws for the first time in more than 12 years, and includes subtitles focused on efficiency, renewables, carbon capture and removal, energy storage, advanced nuclear, clean vehicles, industrial energy, mineral security, grid and cyber security, and workforce development. https://bit.ly/32D2wUF

Lisa Murkowski
09/02/2020

Lisa Murkowski

In Alaska, there is a lot of innovation when it comes to energy efficiency and moving toward a cleaner energy future. I had the opportunity to visit the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) in Fairbanks, which is at the forefront of improving energy efficiency throughout the state. We discussed their collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and how that partnership is helping further energy research and development efforts. Their combined efforts are helping foster innovation in making homes more cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly. I will continue to support their efforts to improve research and to design more sustainable, efficient, and affordable, housing for all Alaskans.

Hydropower - reliable, clean, affordable.
08/24/2020

Hydropower - reliable, clean, affordable.

Today is National Hydropower Day! As chair of the Water and Power Subcommittee, I have prioritized federal policies to support our carbon-free hydropower and repair our aging water infrastructure.

08/21/2020
Alaska LNG Project Secures Final Authorization to Export Natural Gas - Republican News - Newsroom - U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Alaska LNG Project Secures Final Authorization to Export Natural Gas - Republican News - Newsroom - U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final, unconditional order authorizing the Alaska LNG project to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). Murkowski participated in a video te...

This Record of Decision provides a robust, balanced, and defensible plan for the 1002 Area of ANWR. It protects wildlife...
08/19/2020
Bureau of Land Management

This Record of Decision provides a robust, balanced, and defensible plan for the 1002 Area of ANWR. It protects wildlife, water, and the subsistence users who rely upon the land to feed their families.

Fulfilling a Congressionally mandated directive, BLM has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the Coastal Plains in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Congress directed the BLM to develop an oil and gas leasing program in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Title II, Section 20001 of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Making high potential areas available to leasing will help to meet the long-term energy needs of the nation.

The Record of Decision was informed by information provided from our cooperating agencies, various stakeholders, and public comments. Any future on-the-ground actions will require separate environmental analyses.
#DOIDelievers #CoastalPlain #EnergyIndependence

https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-bernhardt-signs-decision-implement-coastal-plain-oil-and-gas-leasing-program

IYCMI – North Slope Borough Mayor Harry Brower wrote a powerful Wall Street Journal op-ed about the importance of respon...
08/18/2020
Opinion | Goldman Sachs to Native Alaskans: Drop Dead

IYCMI – North Slope Borough Mayor Harry Brower wrote a powerful Wall Street Journal op-ed about the importance of responsible resource development. Published in January, yet relevant today as we mark a major ANWR milestone.

The bank claims to value ‘stakeholder engagement’ but dropped Arctic drilling without consulting us.

Conservation is an inherently Alaskan value.
08/17/2020

Conservation is an inherently Alaskan value.

Lisa Murkowski
08/17/2020

Lisa Murkowski

Today BLM released its Record of Decision for an oil and gas program in the non-wilderness Coastal Plain (1002 Area) of ANWR. New opportunity in the 1002 Area is needed both now, as Alaskans navigate incredibly challenging times, and well into the future as we seek a lasting economic foundation for our state. Through this program, we will build on our already-strong record of an increasingly minimal footprint for responsible resource development.

Lisa Murkowski
08/17/2020

Lisa Murkowski

Here is my statement welcoming the Bureau of Land Management’s publication of the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Willow Master Development Plan in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). Good news for Alaska. https://bit.ly/2DT8sPD

08/13/2020
AWEA 2020 Wind U.S. Wind Energy Champion Award

Chairman @LisaMurkowski has long championed an all-of-the-above #energy strategy. And she was happy to get this American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 2020 U.S. Wind Champion award during #AmericanWindWeek.

08/13/2020
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

AWEA is proud to recognize Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski as a 2020 Wind Champion! Senator Murkowski supports commonsense policies that will allow our nation to access the significant benefits of diversifying our energy grid and has been a tremendous advocate for the growth of American wind power. Senator, we thank you for your continued support in helping wind build a future powered by affordable, reliable, clean American energy.

#WindBuildsTheFuture #AmericanWindWeek https://bit.ly/3gPtddn

08/12/2020
Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

On the recent episode of my Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee podcast, Murkowski’s Message, I interviewed Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Brigham McCown on TAPS and Alaska oil. Listen here → https://vimeo.com/445379296

Chairman Lisa Murkowski’s Nuclear Energy Leadership Act would provide cleaner, more affordable power across the country—...
08/11/2020

Chairman Lisa Murkowski’s Nuclear Energy Leadership Act would provide cleaner, more affordable power across the country—from military bases to remote communities. Read more about NELA in the Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act: bit.ly/33GOBh8

INFOGRAPHIC: 3 ways nuclear is a lot more flexible 🤸 than you might think.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3dvjbeF

Nelson Angapak, the Vietnam War-era veteran whose tireless advocacy helped turn the #2019AKNativeVetsLand allotment prog...
08/10/2020

Nelson Angapak, the Vietnam War-era veteran whose tireless advocacy helped turn the #2019AKNativeVetsLand allotment program into law, spoke with the Chairman on Murkowski's Message podcast: https://apple.co/3aeXEHl

Tomorrow is the deadline to comment on rules to govern the 2019 AK Native veterans land allotment program. Let us hear your voices before the application period opens later this year!

Review the rules and let us her your voice. Learn how and always get updates at www.blm.gov/alaska/2019AKNativeVetsLand.

Find info by searching #2019AKNativeVetsLand or #AKDingellAct on social media.

U.S. Indian Affairs Vietnam Veterans of America Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Nuclear Energy Institute
08/10/2020

Nuclear Energy Institute

"Nuclear power development is a critical factor in global security."

Former US Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz on why leading in nuclear energy is imperative to global leadership.

http://bit.ly/2wz2z6d

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