Impartiality essential to assessing Pebble

Never underestimate the controversy that will attach itself to any enterprise related to the Pebble prospect. The latest debate revolves around the Legislature's reappropriation of $750,000 from last year's budget to fund a third-party interdisciplinary study of the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed.

We must act now to keep villagers from moving

As the winter cold approaches, I'm seeing skyrocketing energy costs already taking their toll on people in village Alaska. During travels throughout my Southwestern district, I see it in people's eyes. They tell me the number of dollars it's going to take to fill their fuel barrel, and I know they're not exaggerating when some say they flat out don't have that kind of money.

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