All the talk to export Alaska's natural gas to the Lower 48 via Canada is open for debate.
I don't understand why we export crude oil or natural gas out of Alaska at wholesale prices and buy it back at a premium prices. The price of a barrel of oil is at about $100 a barrel and profit to Alaska is in the billions.
Alaskans are paying more than $3.25 a gallon at the gas pumps. Why don't we build a gas refinery in Alaska to provide cheap fuel just for Alaskans? One large oil and gas refinery cannot cost that much to construct, considering the price of oil and gas being sold today.
Let the state of Alaska own and build the oil and gas refinery. The state will set gas prices just for Alaskans. Plus, we would refine the fuels that would sustain Alaska needs and export the rest of the oil and gas. All the natural resources belong to Alaskans, and Alaskans should enjoy the benefits of our natural resources exploited at the very least.
The state should take care of Alaskans first. Cheap fuels are a good start. After all, it is our oil and gas being exploited by big oil companies that don't care about us or the environment.
Don Hoff Jr.
Past Ketchikan vice-mayor and councilman
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