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Two Faces of Peltola: I told my colleagues to vote “no” on Alaska's right to produce while she voted “present.”

Rep. Mary Peltola, who voted “present” on a resolution to restore Alaska's right to develop oil and gas in areas of Alaska approved by Congress, had previously written to her House colleagues asking them to vote “no.” voices. All but five other Democrats voted “no” on Alaska’s Right to Produce Act. Peltola voted “present.”

“I am the Democratic co-chair of this bill and voted for it in committee,” Peltola wrote to her Democratic colleagues. “However, this legislation has significant unintended consequences that could negatively impact Indigenous communities and the Arctic Ocean environment,” she wrote. She withdrew her support for the bill because it repeals the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Zone, which was an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2016.

Rep. Pete Stauber, a Republican from Minnesota, is the leading cosponsor of the Alaska Right to Production Resolution.

Peltola's letter to her colleagues asking for a “no” follows:

When the House voted on the resolution Wednesday, Peltola was one of the last members of Congress to vote on the bill, which repeals some of the 63 executive orders issued by President Joe Biden targeting Alaska's oil and gas economy.

The resolution would prevent Biden from decommissioning the offshore oil and gas area of ​​the Arctic National Wildlife Range and the 13 million acres Biden just decommissioned in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

In September, Peltola had a very different message than the one she sent to her Democratic colleagues this week: “I am deeply frustrated by the unwinding of these leases at ANWR. By approving the Willow Project, this administration has demonstrated its ability to listen to Alaskans, and it is some of these Inupiat North Slope communities that will be most impacted by this decision. I will continue to advocate for them and for Alaska's ability to explore and develop our natural resources, from the critical minerals we need for our clean energy transition to the domestic oil and gas we need to get there to get. We can only achieve this transition by listening to the people on the ground. After all, we cannot erase our progress with every government. I will continue to advocate for the approval of reforms that include predictable timelines from the federal government, which must be a reliable partner in the leasing and development of our resources.”

The original story about Peltola's vote on Alaska's Right to Produce Act can be found here:

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