For four years, Donald Trump’s detractors constantly used the term “erratic” when criticizing him and his administration. Now, nearly five months into the Biden era, it’s becoming difficult to discern where the new president wants to go on Alaska’s most precious commodity: energy production.
To begin, the administration started with a constant beat-down of Alaska’s energy sector, using day-one executive orders to halt oil and gas leasing on federal lands and in federal waters, shuttering future development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 10-02 area, and putting on hold existing Public Land Orders that effectively shut down other resource opportunities. Last week, however, working hand-in-hand with the Alaska Congressional Delegation, the Biden administration seemed to genuinely care about our state.
So, credit where credit is due. Biden’s May 25 decision to sign legislation allowing cruise ships to bypass foreign ports of call this summer set the stage for Alaska’s tourism season to begin in July. Although truncated from the