Given the decline in Alaska's oil production, Enstar's current shortfall of natural gas, the economy's impact on tourism, and the state of sportfishing for chinook, what does the future hold for Alaska? It seems to me that the only thing that can or will expand the state's economy is further development of our state's resources.
But should it be done? A current article* in the Alaska Dispatch documents the threats to salmon habitat, we're all familiar with the objections to Pebble Mine, and every time anyone so much as mentions a coal mine or hydro dam, some state residents go apoplectic.
So where do we go from here? Lock it up, and send our kids and grandkids out to the lower 48 for jobs and a future? Or do we take a chance and develop. If so, how?
*previously cited in another, hijacked thread