Vic Fischer, a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, recently quoted Bob Bartlett, the long time AK representative to the US congress and first senator from our state, cautioning that we not allow ourselves to become captive to out-of-state companies.
We need to heed that caution today!
Consider the facts. The McDowell Group in January 2012 reported that the North Slope oil and gas industry added more than 5000 new jobs, between 2000 and 2010, doubling employment. From 2007-2011 North Slope oil spending increased about $1.3 billion annually!