Polar Research Board Fall Meeting

The National Academies of Sciences convened its Polar Research Board in Washington, DC on Dec. 3-4 to review recent Arctic and Antarctic research.   Discussion with International Arctic Science Commission (IASC) Delegate and Working Groups   Larry Hinzman, interim Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, discussed the activities at the third […]

Alaska Business Forum – The New Arctic Paradigm

The Seattle Chamber’s Dec. 2 business forum covered the subject of, “What does a changing Arctic hold for the Washington business community?”   Rep. Gail Tarelton (D-WA) – former president of the Seattle Port Commission, current representative for the Seattle’s Ballard section (a neighborhood with strong ties to Alaska’s fishing industry) in the Washington State […]

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Oversight Hearing “Well control rule and other regulations related to offshore oil and gas production”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) opened the hearing on “Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf – Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control” (well control rule) by saying that offshore oil and gas regulations are a national issue, not just confined to the coastal states. Federal offshore production tops one million barrels […]

The Committee on Marine Transportation System’s Public-Private Partnerships and the Federal Arctic

The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS)—a federal policy coordinating committee—was tasked by Anthony Foxx, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to complete three tasks for the National Strategy on the Arctic Region Implementation Plan. As part of a response to task 1.1.3, CMTS hosted a webinar to learn of existing or […]

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Charting the Arctic: Security, Economic, and Resource Opportunities

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a joint subcommittee hearing “Charting the Arctic: Security, Economic, and Resource Opportunities” where the committee explored how the State Department, Defense Department, and Department of Homeland Security are cooperating and coordinating to support U.S. interests in the far north. Chairman Duncan Rohrabacher (R-CA) gave his opening statement, stating […]

The Impact and Effects of Climate Change in a Rapidly-Changing Arctic: Insights from a Science-Policy Perspective

At a climate change presentation at Georgetown University in Washington DC on Nov. 10, Thomas R. Armstrong, President of the Madison River Group, used a science policy perspective to provide insights about the changing Arctic.   Focusing primarily on the physical and human aspects of climate change, he also discussed how Arctic science is affected […]

The White House Tribal Nations Conference

The 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC) brought together President Obama, tribal leaders from across the country, and key federal officials on Nov. 5 to discuss how they can continue to work together to strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship between tribal nations and the U.S. government and cement a legacy that empowers Indian Country’s […]

House Natural Resources Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Subcommittee Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2719, the Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act

At a Nov. 4 hearing, Rep. Don Young (R-AK), chairman of the Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee took testimony on a bill related to tribes and the Coastal Zone Management program.   HR 2719, the “Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act,” sponsored by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), would “amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of […]

Alternative Approaches to Defense Strategy and Force Structure

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing to receive testimony on alternative approaches to defense strategy and force structure. During the hearing, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) raised the issue of Alaska’s significance for national energy security.   The hearing witnesses were: Thomas Donnelly – Resident Fellow and Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for […]