Responsible Development of Alaska’s Resources
Responsible development of Alaska’s natural resources brings with it high-paying jobs. That’s what allowed Harry Crawford to raise his family here in Alaska, and it’s an opportunity that should be available to his children, and their children. This can be accomplished through three simple efforts: build our gas line now; get renewable energy projects like the Fire Island Wind Farm and the Bradley Lake Hydro Project online; and increase job training opportunities for Alaskans.
Build Our Gasline Now
The largest single undeveloped reserve of hydrocarbons in North America is the natural gas reserve on the north slope of the Brooks Range. For the past thirty-five years, we have not only not exploited this resource, but much of it has literally gone up in smoke. Harry introduced legislation in the Alaska State House to persuade oil companies to construct a gas pipeline to bring this resource to market and they resisted.
Federal loan guarantees for an Alaska natural gas pipeline
Harry believes that the federal loan guarantees are an integral part of the solution to bringing Alaska’s vast natural gas reserves to market, and that these important loan guarantees should be increased to a level that gets the job done. As Harry told the Anchorage Daily News in 2010: “The natural gas pipeline is an integral piece of Alaska’s energy and economic future and must be built to ensure the state’s fiscal stability. I would work with anyone of every political stripe to get this project moved forward. Failure is not an option.”
Responsible development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Harry believes that we should be allowed to responsibly develop oil & gas from the coastal plain of ANWR, and that decision should be accomplished through consensus. Harry believes that the best way to get ANWR oil & gas to market is to gather a summit of stakeholders to sit down and hammer out what each group has to have in order to reach a compromise that would allow reasonable development of oil and gas in the 1002 area. As Harry told the Anchorage Daily News in 2010: “Nobody has tried the ‘everybody wins’ approach. There are things that can be negotiated between reasonable people when all parties agree that there are mutual goals that each party can live with.”