CSSJR 24(RES): Urging President Biden's Administration and the United States Congress to use American oil and gas resources to replace oil imported from the Russian Federation and to increase oil and gas production in the State of Alaska and other energy-producing states to fortify the economy and security of the nation.
00 CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 24(RES) 01 Urging President Biden's Administration and the United States Congress to use 02 American oil and gas resources to replace oil imported from the Russian Federation and 03 to increase oil and gas production in the State of Alaska and other energy-producing 04 states to fortify the economy and 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 has additional opportunities for production in Alaska, 10 including projects in Pikka, Alaska; Willow, Alaska; the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and 11 the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska; and 12 WHEREAS the United States has the ability to utilize new energy transportation 13 infrastructure projects, including pipelines; and 14 WHEREAS, similarly, Alaska and the United States are actively exploring and 15 developing renewable sources of energy from wind, fish-safe hydroelectric projects, solar, 16 biomass, geothermal resources, and other sources; and 17 WHEREAS reliance on oil from foreign adversaries like the Russian Federation 18 leaves the United States and its allies strategically vulnerable; and 19 WHEREAS, in the face of the Russian Federation's unprovoked aggression, now is 20 the time to end the nation's reliance on Russian Federation fossil fuels; and 21 WHEREAS, because development sites around Alaska hold the potential of billions 22 of barrels of oil, oil and gas produced in a state that is recognized as a global leader and best 23 in class in environmental, social, and governance performance can fill the void left from 24 stopping Russian Federation imports, thereby eliminating national dependence on 25 authoritarian energy producers abroad; 26 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges President Biden's 27 Administration and the United States Congress to allow the nation to use the oil and gas 28 resources currently available in the State of Alaska to replace oil imported from the Russian 29 Federation; and be it 30 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges President Biden's 31 Administration and the United States Congress to unleash national production in this state and
01 other energy-producing states to fortify the economy and security of the nation. 02 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, President 03 of the United States; the Honorable Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy, President of 04 Ukraine; the Honorable Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States and President 05 of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of 06 Representatives; the Honorable Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader of the U.S. House of 07 Representatives; the Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of 08 Representatives; the Honorable Charles Schumer, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the 09 Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Antony 10 Blinken, United States Secretary of State; the Honorable Oksana Markarova, Ambassador 11 Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States; the Honorable Lisa 12 Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, 13 U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and all other members of 14 the 117th United States Congress.