Oversight Hearing on "ANWR: Jobs, Energy and Deficit Reduction"
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:00 AM
Full Committee
1324 Longworth House Office Building


COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Part I: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
Part II: Friday, November 18, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:

  • "ANWR: Jobs, Energy and Deficit Reduction"

OPENING STATEMENT:

The Honorable Doc Hastings
Chairman

WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

Part I - Panel I

The Honorable Sean Parnell
Governor of Alaska
Appearing via Video Conference

The Honorable Lisa Murkowski
Senator

The Honorable Mark Begich
Senator

The Honorable Don Young
Congressman

Part I - Panel II

Fenton Rexford
Council Member
City of Kaktovik City Council, Alaska

Tim Sharp
Secretary-Treasurer
Laborers Local 942
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Carey Hall
Ice Road Trucker - Commercial
Carlile Transportation Systems
(Truth in Testimony Form)

David E. Jenkins
Vice President for Government and Political Affairs
Republicans for Environmental Protection
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Gene Karpinski
President
League of Conservation Voters
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Part II - Panel III

Douglas Brinkley
Professor of History
Rice University
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Sarah Agnes James
Board Chair
Gwich’in Steering Committee
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Erich Pica
President
Friends of the Earth
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Lauren Pagel
Policy Director
Earthworks
(Truth in Testimony Form)

BACKGROUND:

The Day 1 hearing will specifically examine the benefits of developing a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska as an opportunity to create new jobs and generate new revenue for the government. Responsible energy production on less than three percent of ANWR’s total land could create thousands of jobs and $150 billion or more in revenue over the life of production. Chairman Hastings recently announced plans to recommend increased offshore and onshore drilling – including in the ANWR - to the Joint Select Committee as a way to help reach their deficit reduction goals, without raising taxes and at no cost to the government. The Day 2 hearing, at the request of the Minority, is a continuation of oversight hearing on September 21, 2011.

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