The National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell provides further evidence of the current national struggle between two vastly different cultures in this country. One is the culture of government. It is abstract. The other is the culture of the people. It is real. It’s not that, “government is broken,” as politicians so frequently and tediously point out with this tiresome cliche. It’s that government has become a career for people who have either forgotten or no longer have any interest in the dynamic realities of normal life. The government believes it can cause things to appear or disappear through legislation, tax and regulation. The people know that legislation, taxes and regulation inevitably impede progress, raise costs, stagnate commerce and reduce freedom. Governor Parnell is unique in his appreciation of normal life. Thank you, Governor.
“Although familiar with ANWR, most Americans are less likely to know about NPR-A and how vital it is to our energy security. Given recent developments, it’s time to elevate the position this area holds in our national discourse. NPR-A, a 23 million acre stretch of Alaska’s North Slope, was set aside by President Warren Harding in 1923 for the specific purpose of supplying our country and military with oil and gas. Since 1976 it has been administered by the Department of the Interior, and since 1980 it has been theoretically open for development. The most recent estimates indicate that it holds 12 billion barrels of oil and 73 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.” Full article here.