Dear Senator Begich:
It's not the oil and gas we don't like.
It's the fact that the industry, and in particular BP, places profit ahead of everything else.
It's the fact that those who are regulating the industry are either incompetent, or they are in industry's hip pocket.... where it appears that you and "Lease A Murkowski" are both comfortable residing.
It's the fact that the current recipe for disaster will be allowed to repeat, over and over again.
They only reason they will enact ANY environmental safeguards is if they are bound by a law with punishment that makes it more expensive NOT to do so.
"Those affected can go to court," is Lease A's contention (and apparently yours as well).
I have news for you both:
You saw how Alaskans were shafted by Exxon and the SCOTUS after a 20-plus year court battle.
That court case and resultant pittance paid out by Exxon will seem like a rapid resolution compared to the BP mess in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP's profits are $93 million a day... $12 million per day more than the total existing spill liability cap ($75 million) is right now.
In the wake of the ongoing BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it's disappointing and disheartening to see Alaska's senators brush aside, or worse yet, demonize those with valid concerns about the safety and potential catastrophic results of deep water drilling.
For what it's worth:
I'm a life-long Democrat, and a past contributor to your campaign.
You are a hairsbreadth away from losing my support.