SJR 24: Urging President Biden's Administration and the United States Congress to use the oil and gas resources of the state to offset the loss of imported oil and to increase oil and gas production in this state and other energy-producing states to fortify the economy and security of the nation.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 24 01 Urging President Biden's Administration and the United States Congress to use the oil 02 and gas resources of the state to offset the loss of imported oil and to increase oil and gas 03 production in this state and other energy-producing states to fortify the economy and 04 security of the nation. 05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 WHEREAS, on February 24, 2022, after amassing over 175,000 troops on Ukraine's 07 border, the Russian Federation, under the direction of President Vladimir Putin, launched an 08 unprovoked, unjust, large-scale invasion of Ukraine; and 09 WHEREAS this invasion is a deliberate and calculated effort to undermine the 10 democratic sovereignty of Ukraine, block the free will of the Ukrainian people in the people's 11 pursuit of security, peace, and prosperity, and threaten the security of bordering allies under 12 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the lives of millions of innocent people; and 13 WHEREAS, in an affront to both international law and common decency, Russian 14 Federation soldiers are currently sweeping through Ukraine, inflicting violence and terror on 15 millions of civilians and destroying homes, businesses, and economic infrastructure; and
01 WHEREAS, at the end of 2021, the United States of America was importing over 02 8,000,000 barrels of crude oil from foreign countries a day; and 03 WHEREAS 595,000 of those barrels were imported from the Russian Federation each 04 day; and 05 WHEREAS the United States imports more than 219,000,000 barrels of oil from the 06 Russian Federation annually, thereby directly contributing up to $20,300,000,000 a year to 07 President Vladimir Putin's regime; and 08 WHEREAS, in comparison, this state produces only 448,000 barrels of oil a day; and 09 WHEREAS the United States federal government has blocked additional 10 opportunities for production in this state, including projects in Pikka, Alaska; Willow, Alaska; 11 the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska; and 12 WHEREAS the United States federal government has also blocked permitting of 13 pipelines and transportation for energy resources; and 14 WHEREAS reliance on oil from foreign adversaries like the Russian Federation 15 leaves this country and its allies strategically vulnerable; and 16 WHEREAS, in the face of the Russian Federation's unprovoked aggression, now is 17 the time to end the nation's reliance on Russian Federation fossil fuels; and 18 WHEREAS, because development sites around the state hold the potential of billions 19 of barrels of oil, oil and gas produced in this state can fill the void left from stopping Russian 20 Federation imports, thereby eliminating national dependence on authoritarian energy 21 producers abroad; 22 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges President Biden's 23 Administration and the United States Congress to allow the nation to use the oil and gas 24 resources currently available in the state to offset the loss of imported oil; and be it 25 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges President Biden's 26 Administration and the United States Congress to unleash national production in this state and 27 other energy-producing states to fortify the economy and security of the nation. 28 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, President 29 of the United States; the Honorable Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy, President of 30 Ukraine; Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of the Russian Federation; the Honorable 31 Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States and President of the U.S. Senate; the
01 Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Steny 02 Hoyer, Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Kevin 03 McCarthy, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Charles 04 Schumer, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority 05 Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State; 06 the Honorable Oksana Markarova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine 07 to the United States; the Honorable Anatoly I. Antonov, Ambassador Extraordinary and 08 Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the United States; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski 09 and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 10 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and all other members of the 11 117th United States Congress.