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A State of Energy

Alaska

Since statehood, Alaska has been among America’s most important energy producing states, showing what can be achieved with foresight, determination and innovation. Alaska demonstrates that developing energy – to promote economic growth and to improve the lives of people – need not come at the expense of the environment or other natural resources. The Alaska experience also shows that energy policy has an important bearing on the trajectory of energy production.

As it did a quarter century ago, Alaska today offers the U.S. an opportunity to increase domestic oil supply. Harnessing that opportunity in the 1970s helped increase U.S. energy security. Today, given estimates that the world’s energy needs will keep rising well into the future, the value of Alaskan energy could be even greater than it was 25 years ago. Unfortunately, largely because of federal policies, this opportunity is not being seized, but squandered.

More Information on Alaska:

  • A State of Energy

    Given estimates that the world’s energy needs will keep rising well into the future, the value of Alaskan energy could be even greater than it was 25 years ago

  • A History of Energy, the Early Years

    The United States bought Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million (about $120 million today)

  • A History of Energy

    The Alaska North Slope is one of the most intensively studied regions in North America in addition to being the best understood environment in the circumpolar Arctic

  • Federal Policies of Limitation

    The most significant barrier to Northern Alaska reaching its full energy production potential has been the federal government’s consistent policy of restriction and limitation in recent decades

  • Federal Policies of Limitation, Offshore

    Alaska’s OCS could produce almost 10 billion barrels of oil, supporting almost 55,000 new jobs

  • Alaskan Onshore Energy

    The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and Area 1002 of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are examples of potentially resource-rich lands that have not been developed because of federal policies

  • Alaskan Offshore Energy

    Access to oil and natural gas resources in the Alaska outer continental shelf (OCS) under balanced and science-based regulations is essential to the nation’s economy and energy security

  • Energy and Infrastructure, TAPS

    The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is one of America’s energy arteries, with the ability to transport oil from Alaska’s Arctic and OCS areas to the rest of the continent

  • Energy and Infrastructure

    Sustaining the movement of oil through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System will enhance America’s energy security and generate continued job creation for Alaska and the nation

  • What Alaska is Thinking on Energy Issues

    State-wide telephone poll, conducted for API by Harris Poll among 601 registered voters in Alaska

  • Quotes for Alaska

    Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski, Don Young