Mead Treadwell on Environment



Fight EPA's Pebble Mine restrictions

Treadwell claimed that Begich had invited the US Environmental Protection Agency to Alaska to conduct the controversial review of the Pebble copper, gold and molybdenum prospect. The review determined that such a mine could have a devastating effect on the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. That EPA action set a terrible precedent, was an invasion of state's rights, and has sent ripples of fear through the mining industry, Treadwell said. "It's wrong, we have to fight it, and we have to be outraged. I am," said Treadwell.

Begich recently came out publicly opposing Pebble. But Begich did not request the EPA review, said his campaign spokesman. Instead, that request came from tribes and other groups.

Asked why Treadwell said Begich had requested the review, a Treadwell spokesman provided no evidence that Begich had made the request, but said it's no secret that Begich is close to the EPA and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race , Jan 27, 2014

Good science should drive all fisheries decisions

Good science should drive all fisheries decisions, and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says he has the chops to maintain a true course. Treadwell paid a recent visit to Kodiak and "talked fish".

On fisheries, Treadwell believes "knowledge is power." He said his entire career has focused on "commons management" of resources. Treadwell helped [a 1974 gubernatorial candidate] pen his position on the 200-mile limit, and he later wrote his graduate thesis at Yale on the limit's history going back to 1937. "I also am no stranger to the senior fisheries managers in this country. I have been part of the fight to get CDQs (Community Development Quotas)--and I will be there fighting with knowledge even if I don't have seniority," he said.

Treadwell said he is "passionate" about protecting the livelihoods of fishermen and coastal communities. "I think of our fishermen as some of the last free people on earth and I want to make sure we maintain that freedom," he said.

Source: Alaska Journal of Commerce on 2014 Alaska Senate race , Jan 24, 2014

Adopt native place names on USGS maps

Native languages were [one] focus of Treadwell's remarks to the Association of Village Council Presidents: "These languages and names--and the knowledge they contain--are vital. They are our heritage and our future," Treadwell said.

Treadwell spoke about language revitalization and efforts to adopt Native place names in Alaska. The lieutenant governor is chair of the Alaska Historical Commission, which coordinates with the US Board on Geographic Names get names on USGS maps.

Source: Lt. Gov. office press release, "Rural Issues" , Oct 8, 2013

Demand sane development of our Arctic lands

Our resources on land and sea can, combined with our people's inspiration and perspiration, provide the world with food and fuel, our homes with lower cost heat and light, our people with jobs. Let this be a session where we resolve to compete better on world markets, do more to attract investment, and stand up to those Outsiders who would lock up our state.

At times we have had to demand [from the federal government] sane development of our lands, and understanding of the Arctic. We've had to insist on the equal protections for our coastline, for missile defense, and support for our Coast Guard, soldiers, sailors and airmen. We must often still make the case for transportation infrastructure, or shout for protection of our fish from predators, be they foreign fishermen or federal managers.

As we gird for similar battles ahead--especially to gain access to explore lands that will help fill the Alaska Pipeline--celebrating [past] battles will help.

Source: Remarks on opening the Alaska Legislature , Jan 15, 2013

End sweeping lockups thru "wild land" & "roadless" rules

The federal government is preventing domestic resource production without thought for the consequences. There are sweeping lockups of Alaska's land in the works through the designation of "wild lands," and the US Forest Service's "roadless rule"--without Congressional approval. Gov. Parnell and I are fighting to protect Alaska's future from federal encroachment.

Development of natural resources and infrastructure is being obstructed by listing new species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and designation of critical habitats. In response, the Alaska Department of Law has taken action to avoid unwarranted listings by exchanging scientific data with federal agencies, and keeps tabs on recovering species so they can be delisted.

We are also actively opposing the Bureau of Land Management's recent decision to evaluate 87 million acres of land in Alaska as potential "wild lands." This sweeping mandate does an end-run around Congress and would lock up more of Alaska.

Source: Editorial by Lt.Gov. Treadwell in Anchorage Daily News , May 12, 2011

Other governors on Environment: Mead Treadwell on other issues:
AK Gubernatorial:
Bill Walker
Sean Parnell
AK Senatorial:
Dan Sullivan
Mark Begich

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