SJR 7: Opposing a United Nations designation of the Arctic Ocean as a World Heritage Site.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 7 01 Opposing a United Nations designation of the Arctic Ocean as a World Heritage Site. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS many scientists are concerned that a recent loss of sea ice in the Arctic 04 Ocean could be an indicator of a potential prolonged period of warmer than normal 05 temperatures in the Arctic; and 06 WHEREAS scientists theorize that a warming of the Arctic could lead to an ice-free 07 ocean, which would likely lead to trans-Arctic Ocean shipping, resource development, and 08 increased human activity in the Arctic; and 09 WHEREAS significant amounts of oil, gas, and minerals lie under the Arctic Ocean, 10 and, if the ocean were ice-free, those resources could be more readily accessed and 11 developed; and 12 WHEREAS a group of North American scientists recently proposed that the United 13 Nations designate the Arctic Ocean a multi-location World Heritage Site for the express 14 purpose of eliminating increased transportation, resource extraction, and other development in 15 the area; and 16 WHEREAS management of the Arctic Ocean as a "sea park" would negatively affect
01 the sovereignty of the nations that border the ocean, including the United States, Canada, 02 Greenland, Russia, and Norway; 03 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature opposes, and encourages the 04 United States, on behalf of Alaska, its only Arctic state, to oppose, any effort by the United 05 Nations to designate any portion of the Arctic Ocean as a World Heritage Site or similar 06 designation that would impinge on the sovereignty of the United States. 07 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 08 the United States; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. 09 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska 10 delegation in Congress.