Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Project Position Paper
ACA believes that the United States and the world must actively pursue the development and integration of new energy sources that are clean and renewable in order to strengthen the U.S. economy, reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy, and to reverse global climate change, which is threatening our way of life. Alaska is in a unique position to help shape the energy future of the U.S. while maintaining Alaska’s prosperity. Alaska’s natural gas, if directed to the United States, can be an essential bridge to a secure, clean energy future.
Alaska’s natural gas supplies are a valuable commodity for its citizens. While not a renewable energy source, natural gas is cleaner burning than other fossil fuels, such as coal,and can provide feedstock and financial capital to spur further innovation in renewable energy.
Furthermore, the Prudhoe Bay field has an estimated 23 trillion cubic feet of gas – an amount equal to approximately one-sixth of all U.S. proven reserves and slightly less than two years’ worth of nationwide consumption at current levels – and those reserves can be delivered to market while avoiding the controversies associated with gas development in frontier areas and on private land.