February 18 2014
LOST pushed by AK Senators
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — Alaska and the US are getting aced out of the Arctic. Alaska Senators have their say after this –
Alaska and the U.S. can’t lay any claim to the Arctic, unless it signs on to the Law of the Sea Treaty, called LOST. Senator Lisa Murkowski —
” We have an opportunity as an Arctic nation to extend our territory based on the outer continental shelf and annex, as it were, an area close to the size of California that would be available to us for resource exploration and development.”
“When you think of the countries that have not signed on to it: Libya, Iran, North Korea , I’m not sure I want to be in that company, but we are. Part of it is we have a couple Senators who believe that this will take away our sovereignty, that LOST will take away our ability to manage our own waters. The reality is, every day we are not part of this agreement, we’re losing part of our sovereignty.”
“You need to look at the Treaty as it is today in view of what is going on in energy issues and our quest to be more energy independent, and the potential for us as an Arctic nation.”“They need to broaden their world wide view. At the end of the day we have to. We are part of a world economy, part of many issues where we have to determine rights of ownership to the Arctic.”
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