Alaska is going to sue the Obama administration for blocking the construction of a 10 mile long road necessary to give people in a remote village access to emergency medical care.


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Alaska is going to sue the Obama administration for blocking the construction of a 10 mile long road necessary to give people in a remote village access to emergency medical care.

The lack of a road has led to the deaths of 19 people. And why is the Obama administration allowing these people to die? Let me quote Interior Secretary Sally Jewell:

During an August visit to Alaska, Jewell was told that building a road that connects King Cove and Cold Bay was vital. But in December, Jewell rejected the road saying it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge. “She stood up in the gymnasium and told those kids, ‘I’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals,” Democratic state Rep. Bob Herron told a local television station. “You could have heard a pin drop in that gymnasium.” [emphasis mine]

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  • mpthompson

    Alaska, welcome to the underside of the bus. It’s getting a bit crowded under here though.

  • Publius 2

    I used to laugh at a bumper sticker I saw occasionally: “Nuke the Whales.” I knew it was absurd, but it reflected a growing frustration with the extreme actions of the environmental movement. Now, national food prices are rising because one of the primary production areas, the Imperial Valley of California, is being denied water ostensibly because of a small fish. The Bundy family has been under assault by the BLM ostensibly because its grazing cattle are disturbing the habitat of desert tortoises. Now we’re told quick access to hospital care must be denied because of the impact on local waterfowl.

    A culture such as this cannot be repaired. It is time to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Interior and consider what might be a more reasonable, effective and responsive replacement. Or, in the alternative, cut off funding for both agencies and require each office within them to reapply to the Republican-controlled House. Are you listening, Mr. Speaker? Frustration is growing with your leadership, too.

  • wodun

    Why is it that people in DC think they know what is best for Alaska? It is easy for the people in the Ivory Tower to tell other people that living in mud huts is good for them.

  • I would suggest that Alaska build the road. What, really, are the Feds going to do? Alaska is holding the cards here. Oil? Yep, they’ve got that. Send in troops? The Guard is state controlled. Unless the Community-Organizer-In-Chief wants to send in regular Army, that’s going to be a bit tricky. Cut off Federal programs? Maybe it’s time to give the finger to the Feds, and see just how much stomach they have for a fight.

    This Administration hasn’t given the rule of law much respect; why should anyone else?

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