Posted March 11, 2011
The Hill: Murkowski uses rising gas prices to call for opening Alaska's oil fields: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), citing rising gas prices, called on the administration Thursday to open up Alaska's oil reserves for further exploration. "We are the only country that has identified a huge resource base and then absolutely refused to use it," said Murkowski, referring to her state's massive oil reserves that remain untapped because of their designation as a wildlife refuge. "We need to develop a coherent national energy policy." A few weeks ago, Murkowski said boosting Alaskan oil production was her top priority and that rising prices put drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) "back on the table." FuelFix: API: White House misleads the public about oil production: Offshore drilling advocates in Congress and industry are accusing the Obama administration of misleading lawmakers and the public by insisting that oil production has reached new highs, despite delays in permitting Gulf exploration work. Both sides are waging a statistical war over domestic oil development, in light of rising oil and gasoline prices stoked by unrest in Libya and the Middle East. Obama administration officials have been pointing to a jump in domestic oil production and federal lands leased for development to beat back claims that it has slowed offshore work in the wake of last year's Gulf oil spill.
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