“The road to energy dominance goes through the great State of Alaska." That comment came in a speech Friday by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D. C., according to a report in the Daily Caller.
The secretary said the Obama Administration turned its back on Alaska. Calling Alaskans a patriotic and enormously proud people Zinke said, “They have a right to make their own decisions.”
The Daily Caller reports that Zinke touted his department’s first successful sale of leases in Cook Inlet since 2008. The sale attracted more than $3 Million in high bids for offshore drilling rights across 76,000 acres
The secretary in May ordered the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska opened for production after half of the area was put off limits to drilling by the previous administration.
Zinke said, “We have a great opportunity to fuel the world.”