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View Diary: Sen. Murkowski pondering 'hold' on Sally Jewell's nomination over rejection of remote Aleutian road (189 comments)

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  •  Ding! Ding! Ding! Now we have the real (16+ / 0-)

    reason why Murkowski wants this so badly:

    Senator Murkowski and Representative Young know they would be setting a far-reaching precedent. The road would be the first ever authorized by Congress in a wilderness area in the 24-year history of the Wilderness Act. This would have long-term consequences for every national park, refuge and wilderness.

    The same Congressmen, the powerful chairmen of the natural resources committees in the Senate and the House, have ordered -- in a rider attached to the Federal transportation bill -- a study of a new road through the pristine landscape of Denali National Park. Meanwhile, oil companies are waiting in the wings to crisscross the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with drilling roads.

    I think this should trump all other concerns:
    A petition revealed that a majority of the people in Cold Bay are also against the road and favor some alternative.
    If the people who are most directly affected by the lack of a road don't want it, building it would be an affront to them, not a benefit.

    Thanks for providing the backstory, PDNC!

    I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

    by 1BQ on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:57:26 PM PST

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