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Posted: Saturday, May 5, 2012 12:05 am

Letter to the Editor

May 2, 2012

To the editor:

I’m running for the board of Golden Valley Electrical Association in District 4 so I can find the answers to questions. I want to know why it’s taking so long for GVEA to be utilizing natural gas.

Hindsight is 20-20, but this board needs to be forward thinking, and we should have had gas generation decades ago. I want to know why we’re waiting for a $150 million dollar liquefaction plant on the North Slope when there are already plants available for Cook Inlet gas.

We have a huge membership and should have enough political clout to have the state step up to the plate and make healthy affordable energy available to every citizen of Alaska. This isn’t about Fairbanks vs. Anchorage or North Slope vs. Cook Inlet. This isn’t about rural Alaska vs. urban Alaska. This is about the citizens of Alaska working together to provide for the citizens of Alaska. We need to end this present cataclysmic energy crisis and we need to guarantee that we never find ourselves in the same predicament.

GVEA is a huge player in a complex game where the producers are the deal makers and have us, the owners of the resources, battling each other for survival. I will push hard to find a sustainable way to provide us with healthy, reliable, diversified energy that will not only provide us with electrical generation but with space heating capability also.

There are many ways we can make a natural gas pipeline financially viable to the Interior, where it will benefit us not only with less expensive electrical costs but with less expensive transportation costs and less harmful emissions.

We need to open our minds to the possibilities and leave behind the divisive politics of the past. What is good for one can be good for all.

I will push hard to investigate the newest energy technologies in regards to hydro, geothermal, wind and hydrogen, and I will work tirelessly to make sure that our children and our children’s children can live happy and productive lives in this great state of Alaska.

Frank Eagle

Fairbanks

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