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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Nov. 10, 2012

To the editor:

We have just gotten through an election that has the possibility to give Big Oil a $2 billion-per-year tax break without any guarantee that the money will put any oil in the pipeline. It is obvious here who “wags the tail.” What Big Oil wants, Big Oil gets. If you can’t do it through legitimate means, do it through any means necessary, including gerrymandering.

I hope each one of us will take an active role in holding our representatives’ and senators’ feet to the fire to make sure whatever bill is passed it doesn’t shrink our budget to deficits where we can’t afford those things we think we need, like the Roads to Resources, Susitna Dam and a gas pipeline. Politicians who think Big Government is the problem might now find out that without this money we might be waiting a lot longer for some of these things.

I am an environmentalist, and I should be jumping up and down with excitement that Big Oil won this election, because the less money this state has to develop our resources the better for wilderness. But I am not. Go figure. Whose side are these people on?

Congratulations to the winners. Thanks to those of you who served us so well for the past decade. Now we will see where this takes us.

Ron Yarnell

Fairbanks

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