With oil as cheap as it is now (January 2015) how cheaply will Lisa Murkowski’s corporate masters be able to obtain leases in Alaska? When Lisa refers to Alaskans’ not taking it (government restrictions on drilling), referring to protection of national treasures as a “frontal assault” on her state to whom does she think the land in question, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, belongs? If it belonged to Alaskans exclusively then the Federal government wouldn’t have much of a say in its disposition. But the truth is that the land, the Refuge, belongs to Americans jointly, not just Alaskans. Lisa has no right to give it, the Refuge or access to the resources on it or beneath it, to a few of her closest friends nor compel the federal government to do so. Lisa hides her attempt to plunder the nation’s treasure behind this frame: The Obama Administration is stopping Alaska from deciding what to do with its resources. But those resources are the nation’s resources. The real attack is an assault by the conservatives on the intelligence of Americans in an attempt to take their property.
What is almost comical is the desperation in Lisa Murkowski’s expression, as she wades right through the points made about the nation not needing more oil fields to be opened and exploration companies laying-off workers. Talk about a bridge to nowhere. Why does this remind me of “I can see Russia from my back yard?” Why should Americans hand over natural resources and risk despoiling their country (“a move that could irreparably damage this ecological treasure and harm the Alaska Native communities who still depend on the caribou for subsistence”)* for Lisa Murkowski and her plutocratic puppet masters? America “this land is your land, this land is my land, this land was made for you and me.” Someone has to stop Lisa and her buddies for despoiling things they did not make and can never replace.
*”Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge” – by By David S. Cloud LA Times