The Federalist just published a scathing article, detailing how Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote to confirm Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has led to increased federal restrictions and higher taxes for Alaskans.
Published April 29, the article by Tristan Justice lays recounts that Murkowski was one of just four Republican senators to break with their party to confirm President Joe Biden’s hard leftist pick to lead the Department of Interior.
“More than 13 months after Haaland’s confirmation, Alaskans are paying the price for Murkowski’s approval,” Justice writes.
He notes that last week Haaland finally agreed to visit the residents of the southwest Alaskan village of King Cove who have pled for years to build a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
“The proposed 12-mile road would connect the isolated village to the community at Cold Bay, where an all-weather airport offers year-round emergency service,” Justice writes. “The road, however, has faced decades of stiff opposition from Democrats who have sought to preserve the entire state as a kind of grand national park, protected from any further development.”
In the past eight years alone, there have been hundreds of medivacs to save locals who were in grave medical need.
“Haaland, however, departed King Cove with no hints of approval,” Justice points out. He also highlights that Haaland has supported locking up millions of acres that were once open to oil and gas exploration.”
Murkowski declined to comment for the article, but her main challenger, Kelly Tshibaka said Haaland would never have been approved as Interior secretary without Murkowski’s tie-breaking committee vote to advance her nomination.