Obama's giveaway: Oil-rich islands to Russia
By Joe Miller
The Obama administration, despite the nation’s
economic woes, effectively killed the job-producing Keystone Pipeline last
month. The Arab Spring is turning the oil production of Libya and other Arab
nations over to the Muslim Brotherhood. Iraq is distancing itself from the U.S.
And everyone recognizes that Iran, whose crude supplies are critical to the
European economy, will do anything it can to frustrate America’s strategic
interests. In the face of all of this, Obama insists on cutting back U.S. oil
potential with outrageous restrictions.
Part of Obama’s apparent war against U.S.
energy independence includes a foreign-aid program that directly threatens my
state’s sovereign territory. Obama’s State Department is giving away seven
strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin
regime in the Kremlin.
The seven endangered islands in the Arctic
Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware
combined. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of
oil-rich seabed surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates
billions of barrels of oil are at stake.
The State Department has undertaken the
giveaway in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and
Siberia. Astoundingly, our federal government itself drew the line to put these
seven Alaskan islands on the Russian side. But as an executive agreement, it
could be reversed with the stroke of a pen by President Obama or Secretary
The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy.
The state of Alaska was not allowed to participate in the negotiations, nor was
the public given any opportunity for comment. This is despite the fact the
Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition – but the State
Department doesn’t seem to care.
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