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ANCHORAGE, AK- Monday, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski passionately expressed her frustrations with what she said is a stagnant effort by congress to invest in arctic opportunities.
After reviewing the Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic region, Senator Murkowski says the white house doesn't consider the arctic a national priority and merely puts it off for a later date.
"Everyone is saying yes it should be a priority but it doesn't seem important enough to be proactive on," says Senator Murkowski.
Opportunities Alaska's neighboring countries, Russia and Canada, are taking advantage of.
"A recent report by the Norwegian Ship Owners Association shows that the regions bordering the Arctic ocean are experiencing higher annual economic growth than the rest of their respective nations on average and are considered drivers for economic growth in the Arctic countries," says Senator Murkowski.
One of Senator Murkowski's major qualms with the Implementation Plan is that the administration would designate the Smithsonian Institute, a group of museums and research centers, to tackle the initiative of making arctic communities more sustainable.
"Its as if the people of the far North are somehow or other people to be observed as a museum exhibit or perhaps placed under a glass bubble," says Senator Murkowski.
Senator Murkowski concluded her statements encouraging the U.S. to take a more active role in exploring arctic opportunities.
"The United States has never been in last when it comes to a race for the future but with absent visionary leadership and meaningful resourcing, we will continue to take a backseat and fail to capitalize in all the Arctic has to offer," said Murkowski.