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Fury Abounds in Alaska as Obama Expands Fed Control Over Land

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 02:31 PM

Alaska's lawmakers are furious over President Barack Obama's plan to designate a massive swath of wilderness in their state as federal land, noting the anger of citizens there over Washington attempting to control their economic futures, The Hill reported.

"This administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but they won’t negotiate with Alaska," said Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, at a news conference a day after the White House announced plans for a federally protected 1.5 million-acre Coastal Plain area. Such a wilderness designation would add to the 12 million acres of land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is now off limits for oil and natural resources exploration, The Hill said.

Added her House colleague, Alaska Rep. Don Young: "'King George' Obama really believes he doesn’t have to acknowledge laws that were passed by the Congress. Disgusting for the nation, disgusting for the people. This man, this person, has gone completely wacko."

Obama defended his decision to ask Congress for the designation in a video released Sunday, The Washington Post reported.

"Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible place — pristine, undisturbed. It supports caribou and polar bears, all manner of marine life, countless species of birds and fish, and for centuries it supported many Alaska Native communities. But it’s very fragile," noted the president, who continues his path of using executive order to force through policies that he has prioritized.

The New York Times described reaction in Alaska to Obama's proposal for the economically challenged state — facing an anticipated $3.5 billion budget shortfall — as "bitter."

"He just alienated an entire state," Stephanie Kesler, a 56-year-old telecommunications technologist from Anchorage, who had twice voted for the president, told the Times.

"Without talking with any of us, just doing it by fiat — that’s not how you lead," Kesler said of the announcement, which the Times noted "blindsided" state residents and elected leaders.

The state's governor, Bill Walker, who ran and won as an independent candidate, was similarly angered, noting he met with Obama in Washington where he received assurances that no surprises were ahead for his state. Now he tells the Times he was misled.

"It is clear that our interests are not of much concern," Walker told the Times of the disconnect with Washington.

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