FuelFix: Native Alaskans tout Arctic energy development before president’s visit

fuel fixFuelFix | Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | Jennifer Dlouhy

WASHINGTON — Native Alaskans are delivering a welcome message as President Barack Obama travels to the state, asking him to “continue to support Arctic energy development.”

The Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, which represents some 12,000 Alaska natives and holds the rights to about 5 million North Slope acres, is running a 30-second television ad across the state stressing the importance of energy development in the state.

Described as a “six-figure ad buy,” the ASRC commercial is set to air across the state from Thursday through Sunday; Obama is slated to visit the state Monday through Wednesday.

The spot describes Arctic resource development as “vital” to Alaskans, but warns that “Washington policies threaten our survival and our economy.”

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