Rep. Peltola Joins Alaska Senators in Defending Project Willow
Alaska’s congressional delegation, including Democratic Representative Mary Peltola, sent a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Tuesday asking her to approve Project Willow, an oil development project in the Alaska National Reserve. Alaska oil.
The letter itself is not unusual. He recounts the lengthy permitting process, lists benefits to Alaska’s economy and urges Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to approve the project in time for the winter construction season.
Republican senses Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have sent at least two earlier versions of the letter, but Rep. Peltola’s signature could carry extra weight with Haaland. She, like Peltola, is one of the few Native women to ever serve in Congress.
Haaland gave an emotional speech at a reception last week celebrating Peltola’s swearing-in. She contributed to his political campaign. And they’re both Democrats.
Whatever the letter’s power to fast-track Project Willow over objections from environmental groups, it helps Peltola’s profile as she campaigns in a Republican-leaning state. With her next election just weeks away, actions like this help her show she can work in tandem with Republican senators from Alaska.
They also demonstrate that she favors certain development projects, making it harder for her Republican opponents Sarah Palin and Nick Begich to define her as a captive of the Democratic left and their allies in the environmental lobby.