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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:14 am

Sept. 27, 2012

To the editor:

The Alaska Senate Energy Working Group, a part of the Alaska Senate ruling coalition, held a hearing in Fairbanks on Sept. 9. They pretty much said that they could not do anything for Fairbanks in the near future.

But wait, in a joint re-election campaign, two Democratic members of this Senate coalition again want to give all Alaskans a check for the equivelent of 250 gallons of heating oil based on Fairbanks prices. Why not based in Fort Yukon or Bethel?

People living in Mat-Su, Anchorage, and Kenai will love this. That check will cover the cost of heating their homes for most of the winter.

On its website, this “working” coalition states that it wants to make energy accessible and affordable for all Alaskans. I do not think so. This is the coalition that killed a proposal to fund a large natural gas storage facility for the Fairbanks-North Pole area.

Democrats held a 10-6 majority in this coalition and 11 of the 16 members represented Mat-Su, Anchorage and Kenai, where energy is already the cheapest in the state. Where do you think their loyalities lie? Not Fairbanks or other parts of the state.

Two Republican members of this “working” coalition lost their primary elections this past August. Hopefully this ruling Senate coalition will fall apart even more with the November elections.

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